What to see in Leon
One of the great distinctions of the city of Leon is that it is one of the very few European cities that still preserves, almost intact, the original walled fortifications from the Roman era and its Medieval period.
These Roman walls date back to the first century and were built by the Sixth Roman Legion to protect and guard the Asturian population that settled in the area during the year 74.
By the ninth century, this area was repopulated as part of an enclave of the Kingdom of Asturias that repaired the Roman wall and later expanded it to form part of what would become the old town of the city of Leon.
This magnificent Roman wall is part of the Medieval fortification that existed in the 14th century, including the Castle of Leon and the stone fence built in the Middle Ages.
In addition to the enormous heritage value of this magnificent wall, one of its great current tourist uses is that it is part of a splendid route around the old town, where tourists can see a series of large monumental constructions.
Among the many direct accesses offered by the Roman wall are the arches of St. Albito and the Hundred Maidens, a series of doors, including the Puerta del Castillo, del Obispo, del Peso, del Sol and Santa Ana, among many others, the Basilica of San Isidore, the Cathedral of Leon, the Church of Our Lady of the Market and the Church of St. Marcellus.