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Old February 18th, 2012, 11:44 AM   #81
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And now let me present you one of the main monuments of León and one of the Master pieces of Spanish Renaissance. SAN MARCOS Its construction started in 1515, decission of the Catholic Kings Isabel and Fernando and since then has been Convent, Hospital, Prision... Here the famous writer Quevedo payed his debts with the justice. It is now the most luxurious Parador in Spain, together with the one in Santiago. Its category is 5 stars "Grand Luxury"


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Courtyard with beautiful stone paved ground with river stones, very typical of the region
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Part of San Marcos is used as a museum of the city, for example funerary stones from Roman times and other pieces from that time are exhibited here
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Old February 18th, 2012, 11:55 AM   #84
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Courtyard with vegetation



Room with nice old tapestry, wooden hand-worked ceiling and view to the courtyard. It is open to the public, no extra cost and you can seat and relax. next to it there´s a cafeteria.

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A Bishop sculpture
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Old February 18th, 2012, 06:42 PM   #86
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Amazing photos
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Old February 19th, 2012, 02:49 PM   #87
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I like how you've started this thread, first the new areas of Leon and then you have followed show us classical buildings of XIX century. I'm expecting the medieval old town.

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Old February 19th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #88
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This is the Music Temple. As a child I remember many Sunday mornings in which the municipal band gave classical music concerts. Sadly nowadays this nice tradition is lost

very sad
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San Marcos seems amazing!!
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Old February 20th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #90
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This building used to be the CASINO of the city, The Casino was not like the idea of what we have of them today. It was a social Club for accomodated people used not only for gambling but also to talk about politics, literature, to dance, play billiard...
Now it belongs to BBVA (the second biggest Spanish bank)

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Old February 20th, 2012, 04:07 PM   #91
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MUSEO DE LEÓN (Edificio Pallarés). Built in 1922 as a hardware store this eclectic building serves as the Museum of León. In my opinion this is the first place you have to go when visiting the city; after that you get a much clearer view of how and why the city evolved throughout the last 2.000 years.
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View towards Ordoño II, the main street of León. This avenue receives the name after the king who ruled from 914 to his death in the year 924
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This is the altitude (meters) above sea level. The reference is the one used in Spain (medium level of water of the mediterraneum Sea in the city of Alicante). Because of its height we get very cold winters, snow is not rare and tempeatures can fall below -15ºC. In the nearby mountains much more...
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Amazing photos
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I like how you've started this thread, first the new areas of Leon and then you have followed show us classical buildings of XIX century. I'm expecting the medieval old town.
Good job.
Thanks The medieval town will come, and yes I prefered to start with the modern areas, even though still many I have not posted yet. Probably I will end posting pictures with no particular order.

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San Marcos seems amazing!!
Gracias Palmesano, I also checked your threads and liked them a lot
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Over the Roman city walls a Castle for the city was built, then and until the middle of the XXth century it was the prison of León. Nowadays it helds the Provincial archives.
As other parts of the city wall, it is under restoration
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A look into the main entrance of the Archive building
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Some controversial pieces of "art" decorate since not long the area around the old castle. This stone is supposed to be a hanging Unicorn
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I don´t really know what the artist smoked when deciding to use this crane to hold the unicorn
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At least I kind of like the fly
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OMG!!! WTF!!! it's horrible... i don't dubt that are controversial those "art" pieces
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