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 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.