Granada is a town rich in colonial heritage seen in the architecture and structures. I personally LOVE the different colors found here among the restaurants, cafes and homes.
Granada was founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernandez Cordoba making it the first European city in the Americas.
The San Francisco Church is located just a few blocks away from Granada’s central park.It burned down in 1685 and was then rebuilt with sturdier materials.
In 1856, William Walker and his group of men attacked Granada. The church and convent were lost. The items that remain from the Colonial Age are the lobby, the stone stairs and the outside walls.
A collection of zoomorphic statues occupy the largest room. They were found on the island of Zapatera where they were carved by the pre-Columbus natives between 800 and 1200 AD.
A room with oil paintings by different Nicaraguan artists was very colorful.
We all really enjoyed seeing the art work that is housed in the Monastery.
We thought it was really interesting to learn about “The Game of the Flyer” that was practiced after the crops were in.
After the Monastery, we drove down to Lake Nicaragua. This is a fresh water lake and is the largest lake in Central America.