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Friday, August 5, 2016

Léon Cathedral, Nicaragua


Google Earth 3D image (created by Denoall) of Léon Cathedral in Nicaragua

Situated in the middle of its namesake city in western NICARAGUA, the 18th-or-19th-century Léon Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de Léon) marks a transition from Baroque to Neoclassical architecture and was designed by Diego José de Porres Esquivel of Guatemala. Visitors might note the abundance of natural light radiating inside the rather subduedly decorated interior. For visitors who enjoy vibrant interior design, the sanctuary's vault and altar are thankfully decorated with ornate yet elegant Baroque elements. As the Google Earth 3D image above shows, Léon Cathedral features several towers and at least 20 cupolas (mini towers). Máximo Jerez. Nicaraguans would know that earthquakes are always possible threats, but at least the Léon Cathedral is constructed with thick walls and horizontal-oriented layout to withstand earthly tremors. Located immediately east of the Máximo Jerez Monument, this cathedral is protected by UNESCO and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

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