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“Church, pantheon, museum”

Museo Panteon San Isidoro de Leon
Ranked #2 of 58 things to do in Leon
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Owner description: New book claims precious goblet in Leon's San Isidro basilica is mythical chalice from which Christ sipped at last supper Burial place of 40 kings, queens and princes of Leon and Castile, with 12th century romanesque frescoes.
Ancona, Italy
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“Church, pantheon, museum”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The ancient church is wonderful, esp. the Door of the Lamb with the equestrian statue of St Isidore high above the porch, but the highlight for most people will be the museum-section, for which you pay extra, and which has its own door and opening times. This is where the so-called Pantheon is, with many stone coffins that once held the remains of members of the royal family of Leon, and astonishingly well-preserved Visigothic frescoes on the vaults. Then a beautiful cloister and stairs up to the museum proper, with among other things the precious eleventh century chalice of Dona Urraca (you can read her story in Wikipedia - search for "Urraca of León and Castile" - it's fascinating), and the ancient monastery library.

Visited May 2014
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Shefford, United Kingdom
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“unique monument”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

The manuscripts and artifacts were breathtaking but the burial vaults of the Spanish nobility could have had some labelling

Visited May 2014
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“Frescos, Kings & the Holy Grail”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

The Basilica is just OK, but make sure you see the Royal Pantheon and museum. I've seen lots of holy relics in my lifetime, but this place is very special. Totally worth the 5 euros to get in. The highlight for me was the incredible Frescos. It took awhile to figure them all out (since there is no information in English), but they are impressive. For as old as they are they are in great shape! It's also the resting place of 18 Kings of Castillo & Leon. The room of old bibles and music books is also very interesting. The museum contains amazing arks and what may be the holy grail (according to a recent New York Post Article). All of it so interesting, I even bought a book.

Visited April 2014
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Painswick, United Kingdom
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“A miracle of the 11th century”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

To be able to see the artistry of craftsmen who frescoes the walls and ceilings of this small chapel within the church is one of th wonders of the world hidden in Northern Spain. Let it remain so for centuries to come.

Visited March 2014
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Pindamonhangaba, SP
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“Historycal and beautiful !”
Reviewed 16 January 2014

A wonderful and historycal building. Take care with the time to "siesta", or you won't visit it. Nice place and little stores around.

Visited January 2014
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