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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  • September 10, 2017
    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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  • September 6, 2017
    City of Leon was built immediately after Spain settlement sank beneath the volcanic ash that is. Now that only foundations remain, but quite a spectacular sight. Calm was almost empty, was made tourism.
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  • August 31, 2017
    This a little far if you exit of Leon, and the ruins of buildings that have been recovered are scarce and very manipulated. There is a small room near the entrance with informative panels. Is important that the person who you guide this qualified for a thorough explanation and unhurried. The price of the input (5$) is excessive for what it offers
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  • March 4, 2017
    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"
  • January 25, 2017
    Sucha a nice place to visit!
  • July 1, 2017
    A little boring
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  • July 3, 2017
    Surprising. Great care and very enjoyable and pleasant guide
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  • May 27, 2017
    Recovering the colonial city that was subterrada by strong volcanic eruptions
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