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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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Hotel La Posada del Doctor

Hotel La Posada del Doctor

30 Meters west of San Juan Park, Leon
4.0
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.0 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.

£58
Hotel La Perla

Hotel La Perla

From La Merced Church, 1½ Blocks North, Leon
3.9
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.5 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.

£40
Hotel Los Balcones Leon

Hotel Los Balcones Leon

De la esquina de los bancos 1c al este, Leon
2.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
2.5 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.

Hotel Mariposa

Hotel Mariposa

Carretera a Poneloya, Leon
4.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Leon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adiact Museum and San Juan Bautista de Subtiava Church. San Pedro Church and Ruben Dario Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£38
Hotel Leon del Sol

Hotel Leon del Sol

Iglesia La Recoleccion 2, Leon
2.5 out of 5.0

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

£57
Best Western Las Mercedes Leon

Best Western Las Mercedes Leon

Catedral de León, 50 metros Norte, Leon
3.4
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leon, this hotel is steps from Los Heroes y Martires Mausoleum, Cathedral of Leon, and La Perla Casino. Recoleccion Church and Ruben Dario Park are also within 5 minutes.

£49
Hotel Austria

Hotel Austria

De La Catedral 1c al sur León, Leon
2.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Leon, this hotel is steps from Jose de la Cruz Mena Municipal Theater, Cathedral of Leon, and Los Heroes y Martires Mausoleum. Leyendas y Tradiciones Museum and Ruben Dario Park are also within 5 minutes.

£16
Montecarlo Guest House

Montecarlo Guest House

Teatro Gonzalez 2 cuadras al sur 1/2, Leon
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leon, this guesthouse is steps from Jose de la Cruz Mena Municipal Theater and Leyendas y Tradiciones Museum. San Juan de Dios Church and Ruben Dario Park are also within 5 minutes.