León and Granada have been political and economic rivals since their founding. León was the capital of Nicaragua until 1855, when the capital was moved to Managua, situated between the two cities. The re-positioning of the capital was in large part to cool the rivalry between the two cities. Both cities are beautiful and tell the architectural history of their colonial past.
I couldn't help taking all these pictures! The church is STUNNING! (León, Nicaragua)
Looking down the hall of the León Church
Opposite the church in León was this sentiment. No translation required.
I can´t acutally see this photo in my preview, so I will give it this generic caption, "I used to think of Nicaragua as only war-torn former territory of the Contras"... I had no idea it was one of the SAFEST central-american countries, one of the cheapest, and one of the most beautiful.
WAIT WAIT! I can see it now! This is a picture of the hostel--which is a typical Leónese house... Sala (Salon) with roof inside the entry from the street, then a "living room" with three walls, and the rest of the house opens up onto a beautiful garden. Indicative of the climate.
The church in the German Village (I kid you not!) outside of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Right after I took this photo, a family of hobbits scurried out of it to go find second lunch.