Leon Cathedral (Catedral de la Asuncion) is the largest cathedral in Central America. The cathedral is located in the center of the city of Leon across the street from the city's main plaza. It is only about four blocks from Calvario Church. The cathedral opened in 1747, however construction originally began decades years earlier. The cathedral was named to the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage list in 2011. Tunnels under the cathedral once linked it to other churches throughout the city, however the city now utilizes them for the local sewage system.
The cathedral is most known as the burial place of Ruben Dario. His tomb is located in the center of Leon Cathedral beneath a white stone statue of a weeping lion. Many of Nicaragua's wealthy and elite are buried beneath the cathedral including Alfonso Cortes, Jose de la Cruz Mena, Miguel Larreynaga, and Salomon de la Selva , however they are not accessible by the public. There is also a courtyard in the middle of the cathedral called Patio de los Principes that has a fountain and flowers.
Tours of the cathedral including the cellars below the church a trip to the gothic roof are available for a few U.S. dollars.