Windows of the Cathedral of Leon, Spain

Leon Cathedral windows spain
The most impressive collection of windows in Spain, or most anywhere.

Of all the remarkable cathedrals in Spain, one of my favorites is Leon. The windows are the best of any church I've ever seen. One of the early problems with church architecture was how to keep the walls up if wall supports were given up to provide for non load-bearing windows. The problems were solved beautifully in Leon.

I'm not sure how they did it really. Flying buttresses were the usual solution to hold up the thin walls against the massive pressure of the roof, and those are in evidence here. But, they're sort of hidden from the outside by building them into a cloister on one side. Anyway, Leon Cathedral is a beautiful cathedral, inside and out.

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