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Historical Center

León

León’s Historic Center preserves many monuments and constructions for understanding what the Bajío was like during the colonial era. On the Plaza de los Mártires, at the city's heart, a surrounded-by-benches kiosk, where you can extinguish the heat in the shade of lush trees, stands out.

The square owes its name to the fact that, on January 2, 1946, there was a protest repressed with firearms in which hundreds of people lost their lives. For this reason, now pays tribute to those who perished there.

Few steps away, the towers of León’s Catedral Basílica Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica), built in 1746 by the Jesuit friars, are silhouetted by the sky. Inside the quarry facade building, is the image of the Holy Mother of Light, its Patron Saint, celebrated on a large scale between May and June.

The next stop on your tour may be the Plaza de los Fundadores, where is the popular Fuente de los Leónes. Let yourself be conquered by the Templo Expiatorio (Expiatory Temple) beauty, located on an esplanade where children play and families gather. Its white facade with pink touches of quarry seems to be crowned by pointed thorns, one of the characteristics of the Neo-Gothic style.

Inside it has a rich collection of stained-glass windows and medallions that could well be reminiscent of those in Paris Notre Dame Cathedral. In the basement are the crypts, open to the public.

Don’t forget to visit the Arco de la Calzada, originally one of the city limits. Quarry-made, at the top you’ll see a bronze lion watching over the city. This isn’t the original piece modeled in cement, currently at zoo entrance.
León’s Historic Center preserves many monuments and constructions for understanding what the Bajío was like during the colonial era. On the Plaza de los Mártires, at the city's heart, a surrounded-by-benches kiosk, where you can extinguish the heat in the shade of lush trees, stands out.

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The square owes its name to the fact that, on January 2, 1946, there was a protest repressed with firearms in which hundreds of people lost their lives. For this reason, now pays tribute to those who perished there.

Few steps away, the towers of León’s Catedral Basílica Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica), built in 1746 by the Jesuit friars, are silhouetted by the sky. Inside the quarry facade building, is the image of the Holy Mother of Light, its Patron Saint, celebrated on a large scale between May and June.

The next stop on your tour may be the Plaza de los Fundadores, where is the popular Fuente de los Leónes. Let yourself be conquered by the Templo Expiatorio (Expiatory Temple) beauty, located on an esplanade where children play and families gather. Its white facade with pink touches of quarry seems to be crowned by pointed thorns, one of the characteristics of the Neo-Gothic style.

Inside it has a rich collection of stained-glass windows and medallions that could well be reminiscent of those in Paris Notre Dame Cathedral. In the basement are the crypts, open to the public.

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