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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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