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Cathedral of León

Walk among the rooftop domes and statues of this monumental building, one of Central America’s largest churches, featuring an interesting blend of architectural styles.

The Cathedral of León is an example of the excellent Baroque and neoclassical architecture of León’s city center. Dating back to the early 18th century, the cathedral is among the oldest and most majestic buildings in the country. Take photos of the iconic structure from the plaza in front of the cathedral.

Marvel at the intricate façade that rises above a small set of outdoor steps. Note the Gothic and Renaissance touches on this rectangular neoclassical frontage, which is flanked by two towers. Gaze up at the Chinese-inspired domes of the towers above their arched windows.

Enter the church into its spacious nave with four aisles and cruciform columns. Peruse the many sculptures that line the brightly painted walls. The church contains the tomb of Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, marked by a marble lion.

Climb to the roof and admire excellent views across León and the volcanoes that surround the city. Walk barefoot among the domes, the bells and the terrace that jut out from the roof. It is advised to wear sunglasses as the glare from the sun and the white features of the cathedral can be extremely bright.

Hire a guide inside the church to hear about the seven underground tunnels that lead to other churches in the city. Learn how the cellars grant the church greater protection from earthquakes. Stroll through the scenic Parque Central outside the cathedral to see its bandstand, statues and the large water feature.

The church has been rebuilt and renovated many times, with its current incarnation completed in 1860. The church is open from morning until late afternoon with a 2-hour closure at noon. A fee applies to access the roof and take a guided tour.

The Cathedral of León is in the central section of the city. Ride a bus to one of the stops surrounding the park to reach the church or walk from nearby attractions, such as the Museum of Legends and Traditions, the La Merced Church and the San Francisco Church.


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Best Western Las Mercedes Leon

Best Western Las Mercedes Leon

Catedral de León, 50 metros Norte, Leon
3.7
of 5, from 54 reviews
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Located in the heart of Leon, this hotel is steps away from Los Heroes y Martires Mausoleum, Cathedral of Leon and La Perla Casino. Recoleccion Church and Ruben Dario Park are also within 5 minutes.

£29
Hotel La Posada del Doctor

Hotel La Posada del Doctor

30 Meters west of San Juan Park, Leon
4.4
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Leon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Recoleccion Church, La Perla Casino and El Calvario Church. Los Heroes y Martires Mausoleum and Cathedral of Leon are also within 10 minutes.

£57
Hotel La Perla

Hotel La Perla

From La Merced Church, 1½ Blocks North, Leon
3.7
of 5, from 32 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Leon, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of La Perla Casino, Recoleccion Church and Los Heroes y Martires Mausoleum. Cathedral of Leon and Ruben Dario Park are also within 5 minutes.

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Hotel Los Balcones Leon

Hotel Los Balcones Leon

De la esquina de los bancos 1c al este, Leon
3.5
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Leon, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of El Calvario Church, Recoleccion Church and Cathedral of Leon. Los Heroes y Martires Mausoleum and La Perla Casino are also within 10 minutes.

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Hotel San Juan de Leon

Hotel San Juan de Leon

North Side of San Juan Park, Leon
3.2
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Recoleccion Church, El Calvario Church and La Perla Casino. Cathedral of Leon and Los Heroes y Martires Mausoleum are also within 15 minutes.

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Hostal Casa Ivana

Hostal Casa Ivana

La Renta, 75m arriba de Costado sur, Leon
4.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Leon, this hostel is steps away from Jose de la Cruz Mena Municipal Theater, San Juan de Dios Church and Ortiz-Guardian Art Center Foundation. Ruben Dario Park and San Francisco Convent are also within 5 minutes.

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Cipres Guest House

Cipres Guest House

Teatro Municipal 70 metros al sur, Leon
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
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Situated in Leon, this guesthouse is steps away from Jose de la Cruz Mena Municipal Theater and San Juan de Dios Church. Leyendas y Tradiciones Museum and Ruben Dario Park are also within 5 minutes.

£12
Hostal Leyendas

Hostal Leyendas

Teatro Municipal Jose de La Cruz Mena, Leon
3.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
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Situated in Leon, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of San Pedro Church, Ruben Dario Museum and San Juan de Dios Church. Zaragoza Church and Jose de la Cruz Mena Municipal Theater are also within 10 minutes.