What to see in Leon
Located in the Casona de Puerta Castillo is the headquarters of the Interpretation Centre of the Roman Leon. The purpose of the institution is to exhibit and disseminate the history of the performance of the Roman legions that existed and settled, not only in what is currently the city of Leon but also throughout Europe.
It is an educational centre of enormous cultural importance and, at the same time, of great recreational value. Its exhibitions are interactive and fall under particular themes.
The first room is The Roman Army, which reveals the important role played by the legions in the rise of Rome, especially during the imperial period. The second room, called Hispanias Pacavi, shows what the Cantabrian War was like and the end of the conquest of Hispania.
Other thematic halls are The Roman Leon and The Sixth Victorious Legion and the Seventh Gemina, which exhibits information about the legions in the area occupied by the current city of Leon.
In addition to these rooms, the centre offers a recreation of a contubernium, that is, the shelter of the Roman legions, as well as the permanent camp of the Seventh Legion Gemina and life in a typical civil Roman villa—all with an exquisite luxury of detail and a splendid characterization.
In addition, the Interpretation Centre’s garden areas, which border the Church of St. Marina la Real, contain the ruins of an ancient Roman monastery.