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My blue hour tour through León

Since I know TE taking blue hour pictures has become quite appealing to me and since Leon is a very safe city, taking evening and nightly pictures was no problem.
This series of photos was taken in the center of the city, in and around the Parque Central, except of one in the WS that shows the Parish Church of San Juan Bautista de Subtiaba in the suburb Subtiaba.
On my main photo of course the cathedral, the Basílica Catedral de la Asunción de León.
Yes, visiting Leon, is clearly an introduction to religious buildings :)
Regarding the quality of the pictures: well, they are all taken without a tripod and nothing each time to put on my camera.

Looking at these photos and at some of the previous ones I’ve shown, you might get the impression that there’s a small funfair in front of every church in León.
First of all, there’s usually a small or larger square in front of the churches. It therefore are the sites that offer some space.
Secondly I visited León during the Semana Santa, from Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo in Nicaragua) till Easter Sunday and in Spanish-speaking countries this is a time of celebrations and processions. Those many small fairs were part of it.

At the preparation of my trip to Nicaragua, I found sources who reported that the Semana Santa was not an easy time of the year to go to the country. Places on the Pacific coast and León and Granada would have crowds of tourists. It would not be easy to find a place to stay overnight. The large number of visitors would make it unpleasant and in León and Granada the risk of becoming a victim of a pickpocket would increase.

So I made my hotel booking in advance (without reservation for the nights before and after León). There were indeed many Nicaraguan visitors but I did not think at all that this was unpleasant. Much and pleasant local colour and during my whole trip I haven’t heard of a foreign visitor who became the victim of theft.
So, all very easy.
I’m very glad I visited León during that period.

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