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Parish of San Nicolás de Tolentino.

Parish Temple of San Nicolás de Tolentino: It is the best and most beautiful old building in the municipality, it has three naves, it has a gabled roof covered with tiles. Its façade has a larger door at the base of a central tower, with two upper windows.

Inside, altarpieces of Saint Nicholas were made in the presbytery and on the sides of the Virgin Mary and the risen Jesus.

It preserves one of the three old bells from 1890, which has an engraved historical legend and can be seen in the parish hall. The current bell tower began to be built in 1965.

The parish church preserves in its interior the only authentically colonial movable property of the municipality, the small image of San Nicolás de Tolentino in a penitent attitude that presides over the central altarpiece of the temple. The church was declared a National Historic Monument by decree law in 1971.

Old Railway Station: It was founded on July 11, 1902, under the government of José Santos Zelaya. The building, more than a century old, was restored in 2014 and its facilities currently function as a technology training school. Due to its antiquity and its important historical role, it was declared a National Cultural Heritage by law decree in 1994.

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Edgard Arbizú Central Park Square.

Plaza and Central Park Edgard Arbizú: in the center of the urban area, it presents pleasant spaces for the recreation of children and young people in a cool environment surrounded by vegetation. » to the front wall of the Church in its northern part.

Ruins of León Viejo: located in the town of Puerto Momotombo, 68 kilometers from the capital, rediscovered in 1967; It is the site where the city of León was originally founded in 1524.

Today it is a place of historical interest, where you can see the ruins of the old city, statues of characters of the time, restorations of some buildings such as the church, the Momotombo volcano and Lake Xolotlán from the top of the fortress and enjoy of a guided tour that transports you to the past.

Ruins-of-lion-old-Inside León Viejo is the monument to indigenous resistance, the work represents an indigenous person who is being attacked by hungry war dogs, by order of the governor Pedrarias Dávila. The sculpture is allusive to the event of the "aperramiento" that took place in that city on June 16, 1528, as an exemplary punishment for which 18 caciques were sentenced in reprisals because indigenous rebels had killed several Spaniards in combat.

The 3.5-meter-high monument was created in 2001 by architect Federico Matus with the support of artists Sócrates Martínez, Alberto Torres Cerrato, Eddy Luz Tellería and Ricardo Gómez from the monumental art experimental workshop of the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture, INC. The site has large and beautiful trees that allow you to cool off from the characteristic heat of the area.

The Ruinas de León Viejo historical site was declared a Cultural Historical Heritage of the Nation in May 1994, later declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2000.

The entire complex is made up of the archaeological park, a model room and two museums. The site has a guide service, parking, toilets, sale of crafts and a small fast food kiosk. It is recommended to wear suitable clothes and shoes for walking, water and to cover yourself from the sun. The place is open from Monday to Sunday, from 08:00 in the morning to 04:00 in the afternoon.

Until the middle of the XNUMXth century, the typical house of La Paz was the rancho de palma, which has been displaced by the adobe and taquezal house. With the rise of the railroad, new models of residential houses emerged, including high buildings and taking advantage of the good quality of wood, with local rustic tile roofs.

The divisions of the space included the backyard, pumice stone fences, the separation of the living room and the collective bedroom by wooden partitions and the smooth walls painted with lime, define the typical model house of more than a century ago. For corner houses, a pillar was planted in the middle of the two large side doors.

María Luisa Espino's house represents the construction of the late XNUMXth century, which is preserved without significant modifications.

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