Sunday, April 5, 2015

León - Nicaragua

I don't have many cards from the Central America countries, this one is only my 2nd card from Nicaragua. After trading a few stamps with Marco, I've got this card and another one from El Salvador.

León is the second largest city in Nicaragua. The first city named León in Nicaragua was founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba about 20 miles (32 km) east of the present site. The city was abandoned in 1610 after a series of earthquakes. 
The city preserves its attractive historical center and colonial buildings. It has more colonial churches and cathedrals per capita than any other place in Nicaragua. These are only five of the thirteen to check out in the city. 

Editor: Motivación Sevilla, Masaya * © Photo Jorge Sebasta
Church of la Recolección, construction began on December 5, 1786, by Bishop Juan Félix de Villegas thanks to contributions made by parishioners. Its outstanding Mexican baroque façade is considered one of the most important in the city. 
Church of Subtiava was considered the main temple after the cathedral. Its construction began in 1698, during magistrate Diego Rodríguez Menéndez administration and was completed August 24, 1710. 
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of León, typical colonial baroque building built between 1747 and 1814. Because of its solid, anti-seismic construction its walls have endured earthquakes, volcanic eruptions of Cerro Negro volcano, and bombings during civil wars.
The Cathedral has maintained the status of being the largest cathedral in Central America and one of the best known in the Americas due to its distinct architecture and special cultural importance. It was was awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2011. - in: wikipedia
The joined facades of the school and the chapel of Asunción together take up the whole southern side of the central park of León. The original building was constructed in 1679 and used as episcopal palace. In 1892 it was donated to the nuns from the Asunción School. The building was partly destroyed in 1935, and when it was rebuilt the chapel was constructed in its current form. - in:
Church of el Calvario, a fantasy of textures and colors of pure Leonese baroque. Built by the illustrious Mayorga family, el Calvario dates from the first half of the 18th century and it is one of Leon's architectural jewels at the east end of calle Real or "Main Street". - in: wikipedia

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