Granada is the home of 125,000 people who are very aware and proud of their city’s heritage.
One of the first cities founded in the New World, built in 1524, Granada has also been
the scene of many historically significant events.
One such event was the American
William Walker’s assumption of power in Nicaragua and the establishment of his headquarters
in Granada. From the picturesque city square to the horse carriage "taxis" and couples
nuzzling on park benches, Granada is definitely full of charm.
|Mombacho Volcano and Lake Nicaragua outside Granada. Copyright: Thinkquest Team 17749|
The churches and old
fashioned buildings and homes are very beautiful and retain the old Spanish style of
architecture. The restored Convento de San Francisco’s two museums are also very interesting.
These museums contain a collection of indigenous basalt carvings of real and mythical animals
that were discovered on a nearby island in 1849 by an American diplomat. Although most of
Nicaragua does not promote and display their pre-Columbian past, the city of Granada does.
Granada was the most important and active city in Nicaragua until Managua became the capital
in the 1850s.
|Downtown Granada and it's taxi-carriages. Copyright: Ministry of Tourism|
On the outskirts of the city are over 300 small islets which were created when the nearby
Mombacho volcano erupted and spewed huge boulders into the lake. These scenic islets and
the lake support a growing tourist industry as well as commercial industries. Tourists can
hire a boat at any of the lakeside restaurants for a small fee and sail among the islets.