Nicaragua’s turning point

This museum in Leon, tells the story of the Sandinista revolution in 1979, which ended over 40 years of dictatorship by the Somoza family. My guide had been in the revolution starting at 19 and while I only understood a little of what he was saying, he was immensely passionate about it and had no doubt it was the right thing to do at the time. The museum consists mainly of worn faded photos curling at the edges. I hope they have other copies of this important historical record. The building needs repair, there are bullet holes in the stairway wall,  the roof is dodgy, the beautiful curved stairway is crumbling away but of course there is no money. Nicaragua.com explains the political situation at the time. And a short video of the museum with explanations from Eric Leyland.

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My guide re-lives his time fighting as a revolutionary

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The crowds outside the cathedral when Somoza was overthrown.

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We clomped over this roof to see the views

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Selling the DVDs. I bought ‘Pictures of a revolution – reframing history” which is well done – the cover certainly doesn’t do it justice.

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These guys fought in the revolution as teenagers

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Great monotone shot

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Leon rooftops

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Market by cathedral square

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