Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), Leon

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Walk through an eclectic passage of history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), formerly the infamous XXI jail where many prisoners were brutally tortured between 1921 to 1979. A varied display is now featured here, from life size papier-mâché figures of Leonese history and folklore, to colorful murals shocking you with graphic depictions of the Guardia Nacional's torturing methods on their prisoners. Knowledgeable guides will talk you through the tales of the golden crocodile, La Gigantona and the chariot of death, accompanied by an eerie backdrop of papier-mâché figures and dimly lit displays. Information is written in both Spanish and English. Put Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Leon online vacation planner.
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  • Not amazing. But a thing to do. They have some things that are interesting. Just make sure you ask someone to tell you what they are. 
    Not amazing. But a thing to do. They have some things that are interesting. Just make sure you ask someone to tell you what they are.  more »
  • Tour was Traditions of Nicaragua, booked through Holland America. We had a very good guide who explained the history and current circumstances of his country. It is a very impoverished place. Even.....  more
    Tour was Traditions of Nicaragua, booked through Holland America. We had a very good guide who explained the history and current circumstances of his country. It is a very impoverished place. Even.....  more »
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  • Pretty well explained in English, although the explanation is a bit long for each legend. I thought the models were creative and definitely told the stories. I think using the old prison walls as a "canvas" for the drawings of how daily life was for the tortured soldiers.
  • Not that much content, but it is the place they imprisoned and tortured recent Revolution advocates; wall painting illustrate.

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