León Viejo, Nicaragua, el diecinueve de deciembre, 2016
After a great sleep and breakfast, I wandered around León, and wouldn't you know it but la Catedral was open. It was built for the last time between 1747 and 1814 and is the largest Catedral in Central America. It is a combination of Baroque, Neoclassicism, Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar styles so is classed in Eclecticism style!
Further along I came to la Iglesia San Juan de Dios, built in the 1850s-
I decided to hop on a chicken bus, or 2 or 3 or 4! to go to León Viejo. 3 hours there and back on public transport was hot and long, although the return trip was quicker - no waiting for the bus to fill up.
Christopher Columbus arrived in Nicaragua in 1502 in the Santa Maria-
The city was inhabited for only 86 years, abandoned in 1610 because of a shortage of labor, scarcity of trade, the extinction of gold mines, numerous tremors and a giant earthquake. Sounds like quite a few good reasons to me!
The palace was 1457 square meters-
The lookout tower faced Lake Managua and Momotombo Volcano-
The nearby village of Puerto Momotombo has dirt/ash/sand streets. Homes do have power but it is a very laid back and quiet place-