September 6, Wednesday.
17:30 Leon Walking tour. Leon’s historical and architectural heritage, as well as the numerous festivals hosted throughout the year (particularly noteworthy are the Easter processions) and its location on the Camino de Santiago, which is ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make it a destination of both domestic and international tourism. Some of the city’s most prominent historical buildings are the Cathedral, the finest example of French-style classic Gothic architecture in Spain, the Basilica of San Isidoro, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain and resting place of Leon’s medieval monarchs, the Monastery of San Marcos, a prime example of plateresque and Renaissance Spanish architecture, and the Casa Botines, a Modernist creation of the architect Antoni Gaudí. A noteworthy example of modern architecture is the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art or MUSAC.
Leon Cathedral. Built over the ancient Romanesque Cathedral that was in the plots from the Palace of the king Ordoño II and the Roman thermal springs. Its construction started in 1205, it was built under Gothic style and inspired in the French Cathedral from Reims, although its size is 1/3 inferior.
St Isidore’s Basilica. The most important Romanesque building in Spain, it is a synthesis from the Romanesque style to the Baroque. Its construction was ordered by Fernando and Sancha, and San Isidoro was the headquarters of an important marble, jet and gold and silverworks school.
The San Marcos Parador. The Catholic King Fernando The Catholic made an economic contribution to help its construction. The architects were: Juan de Orozco (church), Martín de Villarreal (façade) and Juan de Badajoz (cloister and vestry). The façade is one of the most remarkable ones from the Spanish Reinassance (Plateresque style). It has a single canvas with a two-body wall, finished in superior ornaments and candlesticks. The plinth shows medallions with Greek and Latin figures and characters from the Spanish History. There are angel heads over the plinth.
19:30. Official reception in the Leon Provincial Council.
21:00. Spanish wine and dinner with tapas in the cloister of the Diputación de León.
September 7, Thursday.
17:30. Roman City Tour. León keeps the remains from the Roman ancient walls which protected the city. Known as the “cubes walls” and built in stone and pebbles, the walls are still visible in several zones of the city. The four primitive doors suffered from Almanzor’s attack and were rebuilt by Alfonso V with solid cubes. The enclosures known as Las Cercas, in the old town, are another example of the ancient city’s protection.
The streets of Calle Ancha, Burgo Nuevo, Pícara Justina, the square Plaza de San Marcos or the Catedral’s surroundings are some of the zones that have been turned into pedestrian streets, thinking in the passer-by’s comfort. The construction of some underground parkings, the traffic diversión and the pavements widening helps to a better access and protects León’s valuable heritage.
19:30. Official reception in the Leon Town Hall
21:00. Gala dinner at Hotel Real Colegiata.