Ruins of Leon Viejo, Leon

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Explore early 16th century Ruins of Leon Viejo, a site discovered by Spanish conquistador and founder of Nicaragua, Francisco Hernández de Córdoba. Córdoba found the site in 1524 and met a bloody end just two years later after being decapitated in a military coup by his lieutenant Pedrarias Dávila. The area originally had a native population of 15,000 people before being settled by the Spanish colonists, who turned it into a financial hub thanks to plenty of rich gold merchants in the city. The city migrated 30 km (18 mi) to the west after the nearby Momotambo volcano erupted in 1610. The old city was never actually destroyed, just covered by ash, and the excavation since have revealed the ruins underneath. Bring a camera to capture views of the volcano from the ruins. Make Ruins of Leon Viejo a centerpiece of your Leon vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Leon trip itinerary maker site .
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  • The site carries 25% of the excavation area, so it does not reflect even everything what you can give, the Museum is very basic, although the lake view is very good
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  • The ruins of Leon is a very interesting place. Local guides have lots of information and explain the local history with interesting details. The place has a beautiful vantage point that has a great view to the Lake. Throughout this tour is 100% recommended!
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  • While the site is not exceptional, but lets you learn a lot about the early days of the colonial period. Leon Viejo remains one of the few sites giving an idea says of what looked like a Spanish colonial city, the having been abandoned in 1610.
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  • A place to visit to go back to the roots of Nicaraguas colonial history and be close to the hot and always active "Volcano Momotombo"
  • Sucha a nice place to visit!
  • A little boring
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  • Surprising. Great care and very enjoyable and pleasant guide
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  • Recovering the colonial city that was subterrada by strong volcanic eruptions
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