Square, Plaza sights in Nicaragua
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Head north of Parque Central to Plaza de la Independencia, also known as the 'Plaza de los Leones.' The obelisk is dedicated to the heroes of the 1821 struggle for independence, while the Cruz de Siglo was erected in 1900 to mark the new century.
Plaza de la Fé Juan Pablo II commemorates Pope John Paul II's appearances here in 1983 and 1996. On a little hill opposite is the ranchito (open-sided, thatch-roofed hut) that sheltered John Paul as he spoke to the masses of Nicaraguans assembled in the vacant lot now occupied by the plaza.