• Ryan Newman

Cathedral of Rest

Day 19 (León)


Total Distance To-Date: 290.38 Miles (467.2 KM)

“Simplified living is about more than doing less. It’s being who God called us to be, with a wholehearted, single-minded focus. It’s walking away from innumerable lesser opportunities in favor of the few to which we’ve been called and for which we’ve been created.” —Bill Hybels (Pastor and Author)

León is the largest city on the Camino until Santiago. It is a perfect rest day spot prior to getting back into the Spanish mountains. It is a very popular rest stop for pilgrims. My body needs a day off especially my legs and feet. My body is spent after 18 consecutive days of walking a total 290 miles.

Today, visited the Cathedral of León, Santa María de León. The catedral is undoubtedly the city’s landmark, whose history starts in the 10th century. The floor of the Catedral de Santa María is 90 meters long (295 ft), 30 meters high (98ft) and 29 meters wide (95ft).

León’s catherdal is widely known for its 130 church windows and three rose windows, the true jewels of the temple: 1800 square meters (19375 sq. ft.) of polychrome stained-glass windows with medieval origins. They are considered among the best in the world, and they fill the inside with enchanting streams of color.

León’s Cathedral has had a new organ since 2013, with five keyboards and 4334 pipes. It was made by the German organ-makers from the Klais studio.

Lesson of the Day: Listen to your body, it is the cathedral entrusted to your care.


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