Catedral de Santa Maria, León

Catedral de Santa Maria, León

This is what the cathedral looked like this morning as I walked out of León. I have hesitated to walk at dawn (or before) for fear of getting lost in the dark. Today I walked with Scott & Connie from Sacramento, CA & we had no trouble thanks to Connie’s navigation skills! She tells me she is a California Park Ranger, so she must have LOTS of experience directing tourists, eh?

La Virgen de la Esperanza

La Virgen de la Esperanza

This lovely 13th century statue is in a side chapel in the Catedral de Santa Maria in León.
The recorded audio tour said she is a beloved manifestation of Marian art, a rare image of a pregnant Mary. I think her colour is very good for her age. She even has that rosy glow of pregnant women!