Photograph of the week: León Cathedral, Spain

Of all the remarkable cathedrals in Spain, one of the best is in León. One of the problems with late medieval church architecture was how to support the weight of the ceiling. Early on, the solution was very thick walls with very small windows. But late in the Gothic period came the wonderful development of light arches which could hold up the ceiling and provide wide open space between that could be filled with fantastic windows.

Leon Cathedral

Thank you to Tom Bartel of Travel Past 50 for permission to re-produce the image.

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Comments (1)

  1. John says:

    Nice post, Paul!
    We also really liked the Leon Cathedral when we visited Leon last year. It’s the most beautiful of all Spanish cathedrals, in our opinion.

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