Discovering León, Part Four: The Cathedral’s Cloister

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.

View of the Cathedral’s north facade as we walked to the entrance of the cloister.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.

The evening Mass was held at the Capilla de Santiago o de la Virgen del Camino.

A close-up of the decor behind the altar. The artwork is usually credited to Juan de Badajoz the Elder.

This stained glass window dates back to the 15th century.

The Mass was in Latin and Spanish and most of the 75-80 attendees seemed to be locals.

Four of the many statues that once stood in front of the Cathedral but because of their dilapidated appearance have been relegated to the cloister. The signs on the pedestals point out where they used to stand.

After the Mass we decided to take a quick self-guided tour around the cloister.

This pinnacle was removed from one of the cathedral’s facades during a 19th century restoration project.

There are many tombs both inside the Cathedral and in the cloister. All kinds of people are buried here: kings and queens, bishops, architects, stonemasons.

Santiago Major.

View of the Cathedral’s north facade from the cloister.

Another cloister tomb.

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.

 

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3 Responses to Discovering León, Part Four: The Cathedral’s Cloister

  1. StillWalks says:

    I’m fascinated by the tall triangular statue/sculpture in your penultimate photo. The ribbing(?) spiralling up round it is unusual for a piece of work like that. I like it – but then I like all these architectural shots you are presenting for us, wish I was there 😉

  2. Alastair, that’s the same pinnacle as the one in photo # 6, just taken from a different angle.

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