Castile–Leon and Castile–La Mancha Sights

San Isidoro el Real

  • Pl. de San Isidoro 4 Map It
  • León

Published 08/18/2015

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This sandstone basilica was built into the side of the city wall in 1063 and rebuilt in the 12th century. Adjoining the basilica, the Panteón de los Reyes (Royal Pantheon), which has been called "the Sistine Chapel of Romanesque art," has vibrant 12th-century frescoes on its pillars and ceiling. The pantheon was the first building in Spain to be decorated with scenes from the New Testament. Look for the agricultural calendar painted on one archway, showing which farming task should be performed each month. Twenty-three kings and queens were buried here, but their tombs were destroyed by French troops during the Napoleonic Wars. Treasures in the adjacent Museo de San Isidoro include a jewel-encrusted agate chalice, a richly illustrated handwritten Bible, and many polychrome wood statues of the Virgin Mary.

Sight Information


Pl. de San Isidoro 4, León, 24003, Spain

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Sight Details:

  • €5, includes guided tour of Royal Pantheon and museum (free after 4 pm on last Thurs. of the month)
  • Sept.–June, Mon.–Sat. 10–1:30 and 4–6:30, Sun. 10–1:30; July and Aug., Mon.–Sat. 9–8, Sun. 9–2

Published 08/18/2015


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