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Catedral de la Asunción, Leon

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#2 of 26 in Historic Sites in Nicaragua
World heritage site · Church · Tourist Spot
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Visit Catedral de la Asunción, the largest cathedral in Central America. A World Heritage Site, the imposing 18th-century cathedral was the first Catholic diocese in Nicaragua. Admire the grandiose building, designed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Baroque, Gothic, and Neoclassical. Step inside to see the luminous interior, featuring notable artworks such as a Flemish altarpiece and national artist Antonio Sarria's depiction of the stations of the cross. Some prominent nationals are laid to rest here, including poet Ruben Dario. Climb to the roof for panoramic views of the scenic city surroundings. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Catedral de la Asunción by using our Leon day trip planning site.
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  • Located adjacent to parque central (the centre of Leon) this is a massive cathedral and iconic landmark of Leon. Its free to view externally and to enter the cathedral but be aware that it is a... 
    Located adjacent to parque central (the centre of Leon) this is a massive cathedral and iconic landmark of Leon. Its free to view externally and to enter the cathedral but be aware that it is a...  more »
  • We stumbled into this on our last day in Léon, and you have to get tickets at the back of the building and enter on the side to get to it, but worth the shuffle. If possible, hit it at sunset, as it.....  more
    We stumbled into this on our last day in Léon, and you have to get tickets at the back of the building and enter on the side to get to it, but worth the shuffle. If possible, hit it at sunset, as it.....  more »
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  • This review is for the roof! It’s 105C per person and if you get lucky, you can get up during sunrise (5.10-5.50). We enjoyed the beautiful views over Leon and the volcanoes around. It’s a really interesting place with all the white colours and the sunrise made it just so pretty!
  • We were blessed with a slightly overcast day in December, which makes much better photos. I think they might pressure-wash the top of the church every now and then, because photos I've seen look much whiter. However, the dark spots on the roof just added to the photogenic quality. The inside is very beautiful too, with several large oil paintings and a pretty altar. We paid USD $2, I think, to go to the roof.

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