And I mean that title both literally and figuratively. Located on the highest hill in Lleida, this cathedral has a commanding view of the city and the countryside beyond. Of course, the best view is from the belltower; at 238 steps up an increasingly narrow spiral staircase, the belltower is the highest point in Lleida. It was a warm day when I climbed to the top, but the small windows and larger doors for the bells provided a welcome cooling breeze. And the thick stone walls provided insulation from the heat of the day. The cathedral itself is magnificent in its scale. I never cease to be amazed at the skill required to construct these buildings in the 13th century. I found the cloisters to be a wonderful place to relax after the climb to the top of the belltower; there is plenty of seating on the stone benches and the columns and intricate carvings between them held my interest for as long as I wanted to rest. If you're in Leida, this is the top site to visit. It's not necessary to walk the hill to get there. It's easy enough to drive right up to the entrance to the complex.
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