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Nicaragua, Leon Cathedral

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 20, 2013 at 08:19:10

Location León, Nicaragua
Coordinates N12 26 6 W86 52 41
Property 0.77 ha
Date of Inscription 2011

Brief Description ( )

Built between 1747 and the early 19th century to the design of Guatemalan architect Diego José de Porres Esquivel, the monument expresses the transition from Baroque to Neoclassical architecture and its style can be considered to be eclectic. The Cathedral is characterized by the sobriety of its interior decoration and the abundance of natural light. The vault of the Sanctuary, however, presents rich ornamentation. The Cathedral houses important works of art including a wooden Flemish altarpiece, and paintings of the 14 stations of the Way of the Cross by Nicaraguan artist Antonio Sarria (late 19th and early 20th centuries).

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Nicaragua, Ruins of Leon Viejo

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 20, 2013 at 08:08:44

Location Puerto Momotombo, Municipality of La Paz Centro, Department of León, Nicaragua
Coordinates N12 23 49.992 W86 36 37.008
Property 32 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description ( )

León Viejo is one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas. It did not develop and so its ruins are outstanding testimony to the social and economic structures of the Spanish Empire in the 16th century. Moreover, the site has immense archaeological potential.

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Ruins of Leon Viejo

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