León’s Cathedral is the finest example of French Gothic architecture in all of Spain. Most of the church was built between 1255 and 1302. The cloister and north tower were added later in the 14th century and the south tower was completed near the end of the 15th century. The church’s design is similar to that of Rheims and here and there one can see influences from Chartres, Sainte Chapelle and Amiens. Here are some pictures from my hour-long tour one afternoon in May of this year.
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The cathedral contains 125 large stained glass windows covering close to 1800 feet of wall space, the most of any church in Spain. Most of the windows were created in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries and most of these were restored in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Some are still being restored.
The sculptures in the retrochoir date back to the 16th century.
There are many tombs throughout the church. This one is in Capilla de Nuestra Senora del Carmen.
I’ll show some more photos of the cathedral’s stained glass windows in tomorrow’s posting.