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 dictatorship, tracing national history from the devastating earthquake of 1972 to the Sandinista overthrow. The true highlight here is being shown around by the former revolutionaries who can tell you all about their role in the conflict.

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