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Museo Panteon San Isidoro de Leon

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Address: Plaza San Isidoro, 4, 24003 Leon, Spain
Phone Number: +34 987 87 61 61
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Description: New book claims precious goblet in Leon's San Isidro basilica is mythical...
New book claims precious goblet in Leon's San Isidro basilica is mythical chalice from which Christ sipped at last supper Burial place of 40 kings, queens and princes of Leon and Castile, with 12th century romanesque frescoes.
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This has the royal burial vaults of a number of Spanish monarchs. The vault is wonderfully decorated with 800 year old frescoes that are still vivid today. Apparently the place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This has the royal burial vaults of a number of Spanish monarchs. The vault is wonderfully decorated with 800 year old frescoes that are still vivid today. Apparently the place has been dubbed Spain's 'Romanesque Sistine Chapel' - sadly photos were not allowed. It also has a very nice cloister, but nothing as good as some I have recently seen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

If you only do one thing in Leon. You must visit this place. There is a English Tour so that you understand the frescos, the Chalice which it is believed to be the holy grail. The library took my breath away. The preserved bibles with their ancient texts has to be seen to be believed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

There are many attractions in Leon but this is a must see. Apart from the famed ceiling paintings there are also several tablets by Roman legions stationed here dedicated to the God Jupiter!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

They have both guided and self-guided tours. I would highly recommend the guided tour. We had been to Leon before but we had not visited the Basilica de San Isidoro. So much history packed into such a small space. The frescos, the gold and silver work, the wonderful boxes of silver, gold, and ivory, some dating back to the 11th... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We visited the church to find devotions in progress (it is, after all, on the route pilgrims take while on the Camino de Santiago). The church was nice but not what we had anticipated. When we asked about the frescoes, we were directed to the side entrance... and thank the Lord for that. The museum and its shop offers tours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were highly recommended to do the English tour of San Isidoro by our hotel. Tour and entry cost 5 euro. Beautiful place with a fascinating history. Well worth doing the tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This small museum contains a lot of Early Christian artifacts, ceiling frescoes, and an impressive middle age library. If you don't read Spanish, a guided tour in English would be worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Extraordinary ceiling paintings dating from 'before 1150' showing biblical scenes (shepards in the fields, massacre of the innocents etc) and a very odd almost life sized depiction of the four gospellers - with only Matthew having a human face. (John has the head of an Eagle, Mark the head of a Lion and, strangest of all, Luke the head of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The basilica is very beautiful inside. Built mostly in the Romanesque style, the pillars are moorish inspired. The altar was very pretty with many paintings arranged as a panel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

To be able to observe (not photograph) the original and incredible murals of the X, XI, and XII centuries that adorn the romanic chapel at the entrance of this church should have been enough. On top, we had a marvelous guide that showed us the rooster wind vane and the bell (Mozarabic) and finally the jewel of the museum, the... More 

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