Ruins of León Viejo

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Nicaragua 1982. Ruins of Leon Viejo.

León Viejo is one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas. It did not develop and so its ruins are outstanding testimony to the social and economic structures of the Spanish Empire in the 16th century. 

Moreover, the site has immense archaeological potential. 

  • Nicaragua 1982. Ruins of Leon Viejo. 

In its justification for inscription the UNESCO states that the ruined town of León Viejo provides exceptional testimony to the material culture of one of the earliest Spanish colonial settlements. 

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.

There are at present no other World Heritage Sites in Nicaragua. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Nicaragua Section, for further information on the property.  

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