Built in 1889 it has been used as both a militiary base and a prison. I'm sure glad I didn't have to spend time there when it was in use. There is a great view of the Leon area as it sits on a hilltop in what is now park land. It is fitting that is is now parkland. The peace helps you reflect on the inhumanity that once took place here. Most prisoners that were held here by the Somoza Guardia would never return home and this was the last stronghold of the Samoza's national guard who surrendered here in 1979.
This is a photo of Sandino's Mother. Agusto Cesar Sandino was the son of a wealthy judge and one of his servant women. Sandino became a rebel general for the Liberals and became one of the first guerillas to wage war against US marines. There are references and pictures of Sandino throughout the country but this is the only picture I saw of mom. Sandino's legacy years later inspired the Sandinista Party.
This adhoc museum is across the street from parque Central in Leon. Old photos and newspaper clips of the Revolution. The fellow who runs the museum gives an enthustistic history lesson of the the Revolution in Spanish.
This is possibly the best museum I've been to, period. It's a history of the Sandinista party (FSLN), starting from before the party even existed. It's located in one small room, staffed by one person who will explain all the items in about an hour, and most of the exhibits are copies of newspapers and pictures stuck on the wall with tape. This isn't the place to get propaganda from US textbooks (thankfully), and it's not the place to hear someone tell how great the FSLN is. It's simply a direct, simple way to find out how and why the party came to be, and if you're American, it's an alternate history that we don't hear a lot about.
One "downside" - you have to speak fairly fluent Spanish, otherwise you won't understand a whole heckuva lot there.
A local Lady named Maria gave us a great tour and history lesson explaining many of the murals in Leon.
If you are in Leon, I guarantee that you will not miss the cathedral. It is the largest Cathedral in all of Central America!!
Esquina de los Bancos 1C al Este, Leon, 00000, Nicaragua
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