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Ruins of Leon Viejo, Leon
Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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This is a must if you are in Leon. Hot hot weather. Beautiful history of the early settlements in Leon from the Spanish Conquistadors. Great views of the Lake and the Momotombo Volcanoe and Momotombit... read more »
This site is exactly what'd you think ruin coming out the ground. If you're into history and such you'll enjoy it but don't expect to see much because there wasn't much left. My grandparents said it l... read more »
... These were only moderately interesting. However the tour guide, Sonia, was very good and knowledgable. I recommend going because it's an education, ties in to other history in Leon and also becaus... read more »
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