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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. 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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  • The site seems eerily quiet. My imagination always get a little carried away walking around architectural digs such as Leon Viejo. The level of energy that must have gone into building this abandoned ...  more »
  • Did not expect it to be so interesting. Beautiful setting near lake. Amazing history that is not so well known. Good guide is neede  more »
  • this was very interesting and has a great history. Plus you see the steaming volcano Momotombo in the background  more »
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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!
  • Recovering the colonial city that was subterrada by strong volcanic eruptions
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  • Excellent landscape
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  • Excellent place! Very good preparation of the Guide and the nicely arranged Museum.
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