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Panteón de los Reyes
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San Isidoro Panteón

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Why locals love it

The "Basilica de San Isidoro" is a church rebuilt in the 11th century by Alfonso V of León after the original was destroyed by the moors. Here the Kings of León were buried. The 12th century painted murals in the pantheon are in an exceptional state of preservation and are known as the "Sistine Chapel of the Romanesque Architecture".

Why you should visit it

The museum contains numerous examples of early medieval art. The library holds 300 medieval works, numerous manuscripts as well as a Mozarabic bible dating from 960. The "Cortes of León", a parliamentary body in the medieval Kingdom of León, were held here in 1188. It was the first example of modern parliamentarism in the history of Europe.

Special tip

The Chalice of Doña Urraca is one of the most important pieces in the museum as it is claimed to be the Holy Grail.

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