Yet one more beautiful church to see in Spain. León is the 4th larger city to visit along the Camino.
It’s Catedral is smaller than the one in Burgos. It was built in 13th century during the Renaissance using the French model of thin walls, a lot of stain glass, and very high vaulted ceilings. It took approximately 50 years to complete.
The Catedral replaced a gothic church using the same site.
This church features stain glass rosettes;
Large flying buttresses support the walls. The glass is light meaning lesser stone and mortar are used with the construction–the windows are colorful and represent fruit, grain, saints, the apostles and the family tree of Jesse from whence Christ came to be according to biblical texts:
The choir itself is handcarved reliefs of saints, prophets etc. with multiple pipes from the organ stationed above. Roman and Greek gods and philosophers were also present. It wasn’t until the Council of Trent in the mid-1500’s that the notion of including non-Catholics in church art was banned:
The ceilings of these churches are delicate and typically need repair or restoration–this Catedral is no different. Parts of the ceiling collapsed in the 18th and 19th centuries requiring extensive repairs–can’t tell by eyeballing the ceiling:
Surely when attendees entered these “temples” of worship hundreds of years ago they were both awed and frightened by the immense size, the dark shadows, coldness of the stone and the religiousity of the artwork.
I wonder if it felt like standing on the cusp of damnation or salvation — perhaps both.