A visit to a lost city

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One of the places that I wanted to visit while I was in Nicaragua was the ruined town of León Viejo which provides exceptional testimony to the material culture of one of the earliest Spanish colonial settlements.

We had planned to go there on the way back to Managua from León and León Viejo was only a bit more than 1 hours drive from Leon. We went there on our own and had a local guide showing us the place and telling the story of the city

The ruins are only consisting of the bottom part and the fundament the houses, churches and mansions, but it is not impossible to imagine the village as it had looked when the Spanish were there.

The story of Leon Viejo
León Viejo is one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas and it is remarkable that the Spanish abandoned the place after having spent so much time in the area and also with the beauty of the place. The ruins are therefore an outstanding testimony to the social and economic structures of the Spanish Empire in the 16th century; almost like a new Pompeii copy. Besides this the area has immense archaeological potential because there has not been to must focus on excavation.  

The form and nature of early Spanish settlement in the New World, adapting European architectural and planning concepts to the material potential of another region, are uniquely preserved in the archaeological site of León Viejo.

While there do also enjoy the birds especially the national bird of Nicaragua; the Motmot. The bird is flying everywhere in the area.  

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Bird nest
Bird nest
The story of Leon Viejo
The story of Leon Viejo
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The first remains of the old city
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The founder of Leon Viejo
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The old city
The old city
The old city
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The old city
The old city
The old city
The old city
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The old city
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The fabulous view from the old for…
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