Catedral de la Asunción, Leon

#2 of 27 in Historic Sites in Nicaragua
World heritage site · Church · Tourist Spot
Visit Catedral de la Asunción, the largest cathedral in Central America. A World Heritage Site, the imposing 18th-century cathedral was the first Catholic diocese in Nicaragua. Admire the grandiose building, designed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Baroque, Gothic, and Neoclassical. Step inside to see the luminous interior, featuring notable artworks such as a Flemish altarpiece and national artist Antonio Sarria's depiction of the stations of the cross. Some prominent nationals are laid to rest here, including poet Ruben Dario. Climb to the roof for panoramic views of the scenic city surroundings. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Catedral de la Asunción by using our Leon day trip planning site.
Create an itinerary including Catedral de la Asunción

Catedral de la Asunción reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
804 reviews
  • Very picturesque. Quite a few tourists were here when I visited. I read up on the cathedral. Interesting history.  more »
  • From walking around the Cathedral on all 4 sides covering its entire perimeter of "quite a bit of length" to looking up inside at the great arches overhead built on a "pretty grand scale", this great....  more »
  • Its beautiful! There's incredible paintings inside. 98 cordoba to walk on the roof. Worth it! Inside is free to enjoy. Please be respectful, people are praying. Take your shoes off on the freshly painted part of the roof. Be warned, it's very hard on the eyes on a sunny day from the sun reflecting off the white paint, so bring sunglasses.
  • Good view of the whole city.

Plan your trip to Leon

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.