Some attractions of the city of León ...
Illustrious and Royal Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption

It was built between the years 1747 and 1860, is considered the largest cathedral in Central America, with its unique baroque architecture and neoclassical Central.

There were seven bishops responsible of supervising the construction. The construction itself was done by indigenous people of Subtiaba Naborios, Telica, Quezalguaque, and Posoltega. The building materials were stone quarries, brick, mud, and sand mix with chicken eggshells.

Santiago de León de los Caballeros

It was founded on June 15, 1524, on the shores of Lake Managua and moved to its current location after the eruption of Momotombo Volán in 1610.


It is set on a broad coastal plain, surrounded by rivers and volcanoes.

History of León

It is located just 93 kms from Managua, and is known as the “University City” mainly because of its, at one-time, famous and fantastic University of Medicine.Leon has 10 towns: Telica, Quezalguaque, La Reynaga, El Sauce, Achuapa, Santa Rosa del Penon, El Jicaral, La Paz Centro and Nagarote.


Leon city was founded on June 15, 1524 day of the Holy Trinity, by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba on the banks of the Momotombo volcano. The location was 30 kms from the present city of Leon and is known today as Leon Viejo (Old Leon).

The ruins have become a tourist attraction. After an earthquake and the eruption of the Momotombo volcano in 1610, it was decided to transfer the city to a new location next to the old Indian village of Subtiaba. Leon was the capital of Nicaragua then, until 1824.

Leon still maintains the colonial style in its streets and buildings. It is evident in the beautiful Cathedral - considered the largest in Central America - with impressive atrium, decorated with lions, which are also found around the fountain of the central square.

This church was built between 1747 and 1860 and restored in 1992. Inside there are beautiful decorations in Baroque style, valuable paintings and frescoes, and an image of Christ carved in wood, which was rescued from León Viejo.

It houses the tomb of the “Prince of Castilian letters", Rubén Darío and the remains of the bishops, founders of the city, and other great poets, such as Alfonso Cortes.