We walked to the Cathedral early Sunday afternoon but it was closed. So I took some pictures of the west and south facades and then we walked on to see other León landmarks. But we returned to the Cathedral shortly before 6pm to attend the evening Mass and so we got a chance to see the Cathedral’s cloister on its north side.
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The Mass was in Latin and Spanish and most of the 75-80 attendees seemed to be locals.
After the Mass we decided to take a quick self-guided tour around the cloister.
That was the last photo I was able to take that evening. The Cathedral’s deacon who belted out a few hymns during the Mass with a booming voice used that same voice to boom out a “hurry or else” message as he jiggled the keys to the exit door. We didn’t understand a word he said but we got the message nevertheless and walked out of the cloister. I think he was warning us that we might have to stay all night locked up in the cathedral!
I finally got the chance to tour the inside of the Cathedral the next day and I will show you some pictures in my next posting.
It costs 5 euros to tour the cathedral, 4 euros for seniors. Kids under 12 are free. You are on your own for the tour but with your ticket you receive a handheld audio guide that is available in several languages, including English. You can also buy a separate ticket to tour both the museum and the cloister for 4 euros or the cloister only for 2 euros. We got a condensed cloister tour for free because we attended the Mass. But they also passed the collection basket around during the Mass.