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The City of León (Spain)

August 10, 2020

Leon, is the fascinating capital of the Ancient Kingdom of León, Spain. Known as an autonomous community divided between Castile and León, its inhabitants are considered Castilian and Lioness respectively.

The City of León, is small, with an enriched cultural heritage. You can tell how the whole of Europe combines itself in one place.

Its architecture has a bit of French and Roman, making every corner of the city unmatched, with narrow alleys that serve as a bridge to squares full of small and striking bars.

The city of León not only presents you with an architectural spectacle but also shows a gastronomic offer, the tapas being the standard of the city. And if that's what it's all about, the Barrio Húmedo is one of the best known resorts in the place. With a medieval impression and quite narrow streets, they welcome a hundred people. It is the place where skewers are called tapas and beer is usually drunk in shorts (a few small cups).

Being in the Barrio Húmedo we cannot miss visiting the Plaza Mayor, center of many events and meetings (including bullfights) and the Plaza de Santa María del Camino or Plaza del Grano, which is named after its cobbled pavement, transporting you to remote times where you'd see ancient floats pass by.

Nor can you overlook the Cathedral of León, which, as you pass through its huge doors you feel to see gold shine, since that is the feeling that gives to see the cathedral internally, full of beautiful murals that there are no words that can describe it. It's just majestic. This cathedral has been the most famous in the city, with its Gothic and imposing style, reminds us of something of the Notre Dame Cathedral in France.

On the other hand, you can not miss the Basilica of San Isidoro, which, in fact, is the pantheon of kings, where the remains more than twenty kings rest there. It's a very nice panorama to admire.

If you still have time, visit the Casa de Botines, a work created by Gaudí and right in front of the building is (sitting on a bench) a sculpture of it, so take advantage of taking photos next to Gaudí himself. The House of Booties had originally been created for use as housing or warehouse, but was eventually used as offices.

And yet, I encourage you to visit this place, where people are open and hospitable, with excellent gastronomy, unparalleled architecture and even to be known.

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