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Museum and Basilica of Saint Isidoro

Located in the same monumental complex as our Hotel, the Real Collegiate of Saint Isidoro has been declared a National Monument and is considered one of the most complete sets from the Romanesque era. Additionally, you can visit the Royal Pantheon, the Museum of Saint Isidoro, the Collegiate Library and the Oriental and Biblical Museum.

In the year 1063, King Fernando and Queen Sancha had the Basilica of Saint Isidoro, adjoining the Royal Pantheon, consecrated. To ennoble it, they brought from Seville the mortal remains of Saint Isidoro and endowed it with a plentiful, rich treasure. The interior’s best features are its set of ornamented columns, its half-pointed arches and its alternating luminosity. Outside you can admire the southern door, also known as the Door of the Lamb, and the Door of Forgiveness, used by pilgrims to access inside and solicit forgiveness for their sins: both doors represent a milestone in Romanesque sculpture.

Royal Pantheon

The Royal Pantheon located at the foot of the church, is a unique pictorial set from the Spanish Romanesque era. From the second half of the 12th century, the frescoes on its walls and on the six vaults, with narrative and naturalistic themes, are a chronicle of the Leonese society during the reign of Fernando II.

A visit to its museum, located in King Fernando I and Queen Sancha’s royal palace, is a must while at the collegiate of Saint Isidoro complex. There we can admire unique jewels of incalculable value such as the Chalice of Lady Urraca, the Ark of the Relics and the Banner of Baeza. In one of the chapels you can view the oldest Romanesque bell in Spain and the famous 7th century rooster that gives the tower its name.

Panteón de los Reyes Leoneses

Collegiate Library

In the 16th century, Juan de Badajoz built the Collegiate Library that contains bibliographic and archival collections of an exceptional value, with more than a thousand parchments. At present the visitor will be able to observe some of its best manuscripts, like the Mozarabic Bible of the X Century, one of the most rare and valuable writings of medieval times.