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Gallery of Heroes and Martyrs - Museum Esteli - Nicaragua

This moving tribute was founded and is run by the mothers of widows of soldiers killed in the Sandinista Revolution. Although the displays are a bit makeshift, the murals, photos, articles of clothing, and collected stories show how deeply personal the war was to this region. As the capital of the north, where the uprising against the Samoza government had its roots, Esteli was the focal point of the revolutionary cause. In 1978, when the city became the target of bombings by the National Guard, the people of Esteli and the surrounding countryside united and organized a highly efficient system for passing information from the Sandinistas to the populace and for providing medical care to the wounded. Also displayed are brief biographies of Augusto Sandino, FSLN founder, Carlos Fonseca and the lesser know, but emblematic Lionel Rugama Rugama, who upon being ordered to surrender, famously cried “Surrender your mother! Free country or death!” before being shot. Poetry by leaders such Rigoberto Lopez Perez can be read as can journal entries by an unknown soldier.



Esteli, Nicaragua

Museum Types:
Historical museum

Getting There
Half a block south of the central park.

Price Description: Suggested donation 2.50 USD.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:8 am

Open Hours to:5 pm

Days Closed:Saturday, Sunday

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Nicaraguan córdoba

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Here are other activities in and around Esteli that may be of interest: Museum of History and Archaeology ,

13 Apr 2009

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