Iglesia de la Merced


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 the city’s evacuation, the Leonese built a new church here in 1615, replaced with the current baroque building with neoclassical elements in the early 1700s.

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1. UCC

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This university specializes in architecture and tourism-related degrees.

2. 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,…

3. 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,…

4. Catedral de León


Officially known as the Basílica de la Asunción, León’s cathedral is the largest in Central America, its expansive design famously (and perhaps…

5. Museo Histórico de la Revolución


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…

6. 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…

7. Casa del Obrero

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An early 20th-century landmark, the Casa del Obrero (House of the Worker) honors Nicaraguan laborers. The building became a historical symbol on September…


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Pricey private school worth checking out for a look into León's university scene.