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Ruins of Leon Viejo, Leon

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Ruin Historic Site
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. Plan your visit to Ruins of Leon Viejo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Leon travel itinerary planner.
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  • A small museum with a few sound objects, some walls, while old are but have to protect a concrete roof. For culturally interested certainly something, for ordinary tourists, but surely not a must
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  • Walking through the ruins of León Viejo, visit the small museum and learn historical details of Nicaragua is must-see
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  • Anyway this site is located on the circuit and there is no reason to avoid it. On the other hand not stay there.
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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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