León

leon

Nicaragua’s other colonial jewel, León, was once the nation’s capital and today remains an important center of culture, arts and religion.  Known to be the most politically progressive city in Nicaragua, it played an important role during the revolution.  León is home to many fine churches and colonial buildings as well as the nation’s first university, the Universidad Autónoma de Nicaragua which was founded in 1912.  The city’s colonial architecture, though not as well restored as in Granada, is equally impressive and the city is home to the largest cathedral in Central America.  Dating back to the 18th century, towering over the central plaza, and surrounded by intricately carved stone statues of lions the cathedral is the centerpiece of León.

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