What are the best Historic Sites in Nicaragua?
1. Leon Viejo
Leon Viejo was one of the earliest settlements built by Spanish colonialists in the Americas. Founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, a leading figure in the development of Nicaragua, Leon Viejo developed into an important centre of trade.
Today, Leon Viejo is in ruins, although much of its foundations and cellars are still intact, owing in great part to the fact that it was never allowed to develop. Visitors can see its old convent, cathedral and governor’s mansion as well as its royal foundry.
There is also a statue of an indigenous man which tells the story of those who had lived in Leon Viejo prior to the arrival of the conquistadors. They suffered terribly under the Spanish, being subject to atrocities, as shown in the statue, where the man is being attacked by dogs.