Blog     Courses     Coaching     Contact

Download the complete Spanish courses

Comprehensive, fun, easy-to-follow Spanish courses of video lessons (with notes), conversation audios (with transcripts), interactive exercises (with answers), and texts (with transcripts).

This is the third part in a series of five Spanish to English city guides to León in north-west Spain. In this part we will look at León’s architecture; one of the city’s biggest attractions. I have presented this guide to León in the form of Spanish English Parallel Texts with a Spanish audio so that you not only learn about Spain and its major cities you also practice your Spanish. Check your listening comprehension against the Spanish to English translation, pick up lots of new Spanish vocabulary and expressions and work on your Spanish pronunciation by trying to mimic how I talk. This lesson is part of the Spanish English Parallel Texts Course and all of the lessons in this course are available completely FREE.

Parallel Texts León Parte 3 Arquitectura

In Spanish:

León cuenta con una maravillosa variedad de monumentos antiguos que datan de la época medieval junto a vanguardistas edificios modernos igual de impresionantes. Si estás interesado en la historia de la arquitectura seguro que no vas a aburrirte en León.

Los monumentos más significativos son la catedral gótica de estilo radiante con sus famosas vidrieras, la Basílica de San Isidoro, con las tumbas de los reyes de León y maravillosas pinturas románicas, y el antiguo monasterio de San Marcos. Todavía se pueden encontrar en el casco antiguo de la ciudad muchos indicios de la ocupación romana y una gran parte de la antigua muralla medieval. El Palacio de los Guzmanes es la sede del Parlamento provincial y contiene un impresionante patio, de Gil de Hontañón, y la Casa de Botines, que es un edificio de estilo neogótico y un excelente ejemplo de la arquitectura de Antoni Gaudí.

El vanguardista MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de León) es un claro punto de referencia de la ciudad con su llamativa fachada con miles de grandes y multicolores vidrieras. Muy cerca se encuentra el Auditorio de León, construido por Mansilla y Tuñón, que es igualmente sorprendente con sus cubos blancos y ventanas en posición irregular. Otros lugares de interés incluyen la Universidad de León y la Plaza del Grano.

In English:

León has a wonderful array of old monuments dating back to medieval times that stand alongside equally impressive avant-garde modern buildings. If you are interested in architectural history you will certainly not be bored in León.

The most notable monuments are the gothic “Rayonnant” Cathedral, with its famous stained glass windows, the “Basilica de San Isidoro”, with its tombs of the Kings of León and wonderful Romanesque paintings, and the old monastery of San Marcos. Much evidence of Roman occupation and a large proportion of the old medieval wall can still be seen in the city’s old quarter. “Palacio de los Guzmanes” is the site of the provincial parliament and contains an impressive patio by Gil de Hontañón and “Casa de Botines” is a neogothic styled building and an excellent example of the architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

The avant-garde MUSAC (León’s contemporary art museum) is a definite landmark of the city with its bold façade of thousands of large multi-colored stained-glass panels. Nearby is the León Auditorium, by Mansilla and Tuñón, which is equally striking with its white cubes and irregularly set windows. Other places of interest include the “Universidad de León” and the “Plaza del Grano”.

Pin It on Pinterest