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León Viejo will inaugurate their newest project | Feb 19, 2014

Invitation to the project´s inauguration

Ruins of León Viejo " World Heritage Site" by UNESCO presents latest developments

On february 21 and 22 will be celebrated the inauguration of the project "Human Development and Heritage Recovery of the city", developed by the community in the area of Ruins of León Viejo, the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture (INC) and the Nicaraguan Insitute of Tourism (INTUR), with the funds of the Spanish (Andalucía) cooperation agency.

This new project brings 2 new museums, a pre-Columbian culture and other Colonial History.
There are 4 new excavations available: The Governor's Palace, the Royal Council, the Royal House of Foundry and the Atrium Cathedral of Santa Maria de las Gracias. These excavations also present the infrastructure of the age, containing some old items such as coins, ceramics and metallic materials.

During this project, the old city "León de Nagrando" was represented in a hypothetical model made by the Architect Socorro Vargas. In addition, the infrastructure of the archaeological park and Puerto Momotombo boardwalk has been improved.

"If you were already on the Ruins of León Viejo, you will have to visit again"said Luis Morales Alonso co-director of the INC, ensuring that the offer is now different. "Let's teach the visitors a history lesson on how this city was capital of Nicaragua," he said."We wanted to add value to this site for the community benefit and train people to provide quality services to visitors," said the representative of INTUR.

The project had funding of over 1 million dollars and has lasted about 2 years with the work of the institutions involved, the Mayoralty of La Paz Centro, community members, scientists and archaeologists. To celebrate, local and special guests will be presenting all day Saturday and Sunday, crafts, dances and traditional meals as well as tourism offer in the area.

The Ruins of Leon Viejo are the remains of an ancient town founded during the Spanish conquest, near Xolotlan Lake and Momotombo Volcano. It was buried by an eruption, then found and turned into a museum. In 2000 was named World Heritage by UNESCO.