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Outside lights.

Managua, Nicararagua.

 

This photo is from the premises that are now the Nicaraguan National Police Academy's (ACAPOL) headquarters, but what used to be - before the revolution of 1979 - the place where the last ruling dictator from the Somoza clan, Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza Debayle, housed his mistress/unofficial second wife, Dinorah Sampson. It is located on the Carretera Sur in Managua and contain a large main house and several smaller guest houses, as well as a former tennis court and heliport.

 

This late 1960s/early 1970s style guest house- which is part of much larger grounds where new police recruits are trained - still contains many original traces. It is a fascinating piece of Nicaraguan modern history and one of these places where you really do wish that the walls (and the swimmingpools!) could speak. The material layers of modern Nicaraguan history sit literally side by side - from Somoza's mistress and the high-life of the Managuan elite, to the Sandinista police in 1979 and now the Policía Nacional de Nicaragua. All in less than 40 years.

  

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Taken on May 4, 2009