Royal Pantheon San Isidoro de León




The Basilica of San Isidoro and the adjoining Royal Pantheon, resting place of León’s ancient kings and assorted royals. This magnificent arched crypt, with its beautifully frescoed ceiling, has been described as the Sistine Chapel of the Spanish Romanesque. The biblical scenes are vividly rendered but the standout marvel is the farming calendar detailing the chores – pruning the vines in March, for example, and fattening the pigs with acorns in October – which were the monthly round of medieval León.