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Address: km. 28 Carretera Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua

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Historical and interesting

This visit here isn't for weak stomachs. This is part of Nicaragua's recent history of a brutal dictatorship and an American intervention. A guide will show the dungeons and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not a super pleasant place to visit, but absolutely will enrich your trip experience. The boy scout did a through tour with us, I was in tears and keep thinking about it. I am glad that we visited together with my 12 and 8 year old kids. They need to know the history...

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This visit here isn't for weak stomachs. This is part of Nicaragua's recent history of a brutal dictatorship and an American intervention. A guide will show the dungeons and cells beneath the citadel and give you graphic descriptions of the terrible things that went on there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

There are parts of this place that were used as a torture center. We went here with Jeffrey from Apoyo Spanish School, who told us he knows people whose fathers perished in the prison. The views are great. There was a general Zeledon who fought the US marines here and lost. We found the place intriguing but it left us... More 

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Leon, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

The boy scouts operate this historical monument. It was a fort to defend the country against the United States, which at the time backed the Conservative Party. Sounds familiar. There is a story about a general who fought the US Marines here, and lost. More interesting is the political prison. It was a place of sadistic torture! Imagine the cries... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The fortress is worth visiting and was an important site both in the struggle against American occupation and as a prison and torture chamber during the Somoza years. The dungeons and torture chambers give you pause for reflection. However, the grafitti from teenage visitors from the period when the fort was abandoned, should be cleaned up and new signage put... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

At first glance, its just an old fortress. But once you're inside (take a guide) you learn about its history and get the real sense of what it had to be like in there for political prisoners. The views of Masaya and the other near by cities are also pretty fantastic

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

A sight worth visiting with a tour guide is essential. Don't go at night! Interesting sight lots of history but you need a guide to show you around. Creepy cells and great views well worth seeing!

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Winters, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We got the full tour and description of history and torture and ran across a loving couple enjoying the dark.

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

If you go to this place please make sure you go with a tour guide or else you might not understand the truth about this places history. If we wouldn't of had a guide we would of just thought it was some abandoned fort, but now we know the real story behind it.

Thank cjschreiner
Laguna de Apoyo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

This is a very interesting place. The top of a hill with incredible views. It appears to be as high as the Masaya Volcano. Although built long after the Spanish conquerors gave up on Nicaragua, it is a fort. It appears to have been used a lot as a kind of political prison, in which opponents to the Somoza dictatorship... More 

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