Casa del Obrero


An early 20th-century landmark, the Casa del Obrero (House of the Worker) honors Nicaraguan laborers. The building became a historical symbol on September 21, 1956, when the Leonese poet and journalist from León, Rigoberto López Pérez, shot President Somoza at a party inside this building and died immediately in a hail of bullets.

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1. Galería de Héroes y Mártires

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A homage to León’s more recent history is found at the Galería de Héroes y Mártires, run by mothers of FSLN veterans and fallen heroes, with murals,…

2. UCC

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This university specializes in architecture and tourism-related degrees.

3. Iglesia de la Merced

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Home to León’s patron saint, la Virgen de la Merced, this is considered the city’s second-most-important church. After Volcán Momotombo erupted and forced…

4. Iglesia de San Francisco

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The 1639 Iglesia de San Francisco is one of the oldest in the city, a national heritage site with lots of gold, a gorgeous nave, and a rococo interior. It…

5. Parque Rubén Darío

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This quaint park has a statue of the poet master and busts of other, lesser Leónese poets, including Alfonso Cortés (1893–1969), Azarias H Pallais (1884…

6. Museo de Arte Fundación Ortiz-Gurdián

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Probably the finest museum of contemporary art in all of Central America, the Ortiz-Gurdián Collection has spilled over from its original home in Casa Don…

7. Museo Histórico de la Revolución

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León is the heart and soul of liberal Nicaragua. Stop into this museum for an overview of the Nicaraguan revolutionaries who stood up against the Somoza…

8. Mausoleo de los Héroes y Mártires

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A monument to the local heroes, the eternal flame of the Mausoleum of Heroes & Martyrs rests within a small plaza just north of the Parque Central,…