Updated: May 3, 2019
This week, World Missions Outreach primary students took an educational field trip to tour and learn about the León Cathedral, Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, which is also known as the "Real and Renowned Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary". (En Espanol: Real e Insigne Basílica de la Asunción de la Bienaventurada Virgen María).
The León Cathedral is a significantly important and historic landmark in Nicaragua. The Cathedral is known as the largest cathedral in Central America and one of the best known in the Americas, due to its distinct architecture and special cultural importance.The Cathedral was awarded World Heritage Site status with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
- Fun facts our students learned -
Architectural style: Baroque and Neoclassical
Consecrated: 1860 by Pope Pius IX
People were offered the possibility to be buried below the cathedral to help fund the construction and maintenance of the building.
The building structure was made with eggs.
The tomb of Ruben Darío, father of the Modernist movement in Spanish-language literature is buried at the foot of the statue of San Pablo and his brain remains preserved in a glass jar at the cathedral.
There are Seven tunnels that start under the church and lead to the other churches in the city of Leon.
The church has seven cellars; they provide stability in the event of earthquakes.
One of the cellars leads to the tunnels that make their way to the other churches in the city.
The cathedral has 7 hidden triangle emblems that encompass an open eye. The design is said to symbolize God's Perfect Completion with the importance of the numbers 3 and 5. It was noted by our guide that they emblems have no association with the Masons or Illuminati.
Above ground, the church has 34 domes which help provide both ventilation and light.
The Cathedral is known as one of the best naturally illuminated cathedrals in the Americas.
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