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León - Basílica Catedral de la Asunción de León


The official name of the Cathedral of León is ‘Insigne y Real Basílica Catedral de la Asunción de la Bienaventurada Virgen María’ or ‘Real and Renowned Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary’.

The architectural design was developed in 1762 by the Guatemalan architect Diego José de Porres y Esquivel. It blends the Baroque and Neoclassicism styles with some influences from Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar styles.

It is also the largest cathedral in Central America and one of the best known in the Americas due to its distinct architecture and special cultural importance.

The 1610 original was replaced in 1624 with a wood-and-adobe structure but pirate William Dampier burned this one down in 1685. Another adobe was used until work began on this enormous masterpiece in 1747. Construction, done primarily by indigenous laborers, went on for more than a hundred years.

Leon's cathedral is the most important building in the city and much of public life takes place around it. The Parque Central, the central square, in front of it, is most of the time full of life.

I recommend a visit of the roof of the cathedral. It offers you beautiful views of León and the nearby volcanoes.
At the far left you see a large mural that Ana Dores has showed a while ago.
Too bad Ana isn't uploading new pictures lately. I like to thank her for the useful information she gave me on traveling in Nicaragua.

Information from Lonely Planet Guide and from Wikipedia.

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