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Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Leon

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World heritage site · Church · Tourist Spot
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Visit Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the largest cathedral in Central America. A World Heritage Site, the imposing 18th-century cathedral was the first Catholic diocese in Nicaragua. Admire the grandiose building, designed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Baroque, Gothic, and Neoclassical. Step inside to see the luminous interior, featuring notable artworks such as a Flemish altarpiece and national artist Antonio Sarria's depiction of the stations of the cross. Some prominent nationals are laid to rest here, including poet Ruben Dario. Climb to the roof for panoramic views of the scenic city surroundings. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by using our Leon day trip planning site.
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  • I visited this place with a very good guide named Franklin. He walked around the corner to collect the tickets and then we ascended the stairs. Just to let you know, you are required to remove your... 
    I visited this place with a very good guide named Franklin. He walked around the corner to collect the tickets and then we ascended the stairs. Just to let you know, you are required to remove your...  more »
  • Having seen several YT videos about this beautiful church, I visited it as soon as I checked in at my hotel that is located near by. It is a huge, beautiful, white church facing the Parque Central... 
    Having seen several YT videos about this beautiful church, I visited it as soon as I checked in at my hotel that is located near by. It is a huge, beautiful, white church facing the Parque Central...  more »
  • Located adjacent to parque central (the centre of Leon) this is a massive cathedral and iconic landmark of Leon. Its free to view externally and to enter the cathedral but be aware that it is a... 
    Located adjacent to parque central (the centre of Leon) this is a massive cathedral and iconic landmark of Leon. Its free to view externally and to enter the cathedral but be aware that it is a...  more »
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  • This review is for the roof! It’s 105C per person and if you get lucky, you can get up during sunrise (5.10-5.50). We enjoyed the beautiful views over Leon and the volcanoes around. It’s a really interesting place with all the white colours and the sunrise made it just so pretty!
  • It costs 107C to enter, and you can walk to the roof. It’s very white out there and it looks nice. You can see the volcanos from here.
  • Beautiful church offering amazing views of the surrounding by walking on its rooftop! Expect to pay $3 (you can pay in cordoba as well) per person
  • Unique experience, walking along the rooftop of this ancient cathedral. Having walked the roof of the Vatican (Rome) or Duomo De Milano (Milan), I am not going to compare. But the peace and solitude of this very locale, cuddled by a very mellow and serene village surrounded by ancient volcanoes can be quite unique! After removing your shoes, you are allowed to survey the vast countryside via the most prominent local in Leon. Nicaragua is a humble, straightened country, and this is a peaceable local.
  • We were blessed with a slightly overcast day in December, which makes much better photos. I think they might pressure-wash the top of the church every now and then, because photos I've seen look much whiter. However, the dark spots on the roof just added to the photogenic quality. The inside is very beautiful too, with several large oil paintings and a pretty altar. We paid USD $2, I think, to go to the roof.

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