Cathedral of Leon from outside
The Western façade, which is grand and impressive is flanked by two huge towers, the Torre de las Campanas (213 ft. high) and the Torre del Reloj (a late Gothic clock tower, 223 ft. high). It has a massive rose window above the portico, which has three portals. The central column of the huge middle portal bears Nuestra Señora la Blanca, a splendid Madonna. The crowned Queen of Heaven is flanked by paints on each side of the doorway. The tympanum depicts Christ Pantocrator with angels and instruments of torture.
The frieze below shows an angel with the scales of justice, with the damned on the left and the elect on the right. This theme is further elaborated in the archivolts. The left
portal shows the Childhood of Jesus, and the right portal, which is named after St.
Francis, has two fine sculptures of prophets. The decorations on all three
doorways date from the second half of the 13 century.
Southern portal: This also has a tripartite portico with a huge rose-window above it. The ornate decoration of figures is reminiscent in places of the cathedral at Burgos.
The Northern portal, the Puerta del Dado, is at the opposite end of the transeptr where it opens into the cloisters. It is the oldest portal in the church and has some splendidly preserved paintwork and sculpture. There is a Virgin Mary on the central pillar under the tympanum.