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Rotunda San Jerónimo

The architecture is the product of miscegenation, where the heritage of pre-Hispanic and colonial buildings is combined, with its magnificent religious architecture standing out. Masaya houses many churches of great importance for their history and their designs, some of which are Cultural Heritage of the Nation.

There are several temples in Masaya due to the large amount of indigenous population that existed in the place and that they had to be “Christianized”; there was an attempt to divide the population, including the churches; because by the seventeenth century, this town had become a site of commercial importance. Among the main churches are:

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. Built in the 1954th century, it is one of the oldest and most emblematic buildings in the city. It is located on Avenida Real San Jerónimo and integrated into the Central Park of Masaya. It is an important reference point; Baroque in style, its façade is eclectic in style. It was declared a Cultural Heritage of the Nation in XNUMX.

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Our Lady of the Assumption Parish

San Jerónimo Parish. This temple was built in 1925 in the same place as the old hermitage that was destroyed in 1925 by a strong earthquake. This church is eclectic in style with a neoclassical trend. It was built in honor of San Jerónimo, the Patron Saint of Masaya to whom they render great veneration. It was declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation in 1956.

San Juan Church. Built in colonial times, its façade is baroque and although it lacks ornamentation, it is one of the historical monuments of Masaya. The church has a rectangular plan with three naves. Some details of its interior are of Islamic influence. It is the most preserved of the temples of that time, both in construction and in style. In the XNUMXth century, it was the residence of the religious order of the Jesuits.

El Calvario Parish. Colonial in style, it has three naves, a main altar and a sacristy. Only the columns and walls are original. His imagery includes a Christ or Lord of Miracles, the Nazarene Jesus and The Bad Thief.

Old Railway Station. Built in 1932 it is a building full of stories and nostalgia; currently it works as Plaza de la Cultura. It was declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation in 1994.

The Railway Tunnel. It has a length of approximately 30 meters. Through here it was passed towards the route of the White Villages. The railroad left Masaya, passing through the towns of Catarina, Niquinohomo, Masatepe, San Marcos, Jinotepe and Diriamba where the terminal was located. On this route, sugar cane and Carazo's coffee production were transported. It was built with local materials: basalt pumice stone. The Tunnel has a majestic scenic view, which gives you the feeling of being in a European country.

House of Crafts. Located next to the boardwalk. Its construction evokes the typology of the hacienda house, it has a central patio that takes up the Arab influence in the colonial architecture brought by the Spanish to America.

The building of the San Antonio Hospital. Neoclassical in style, it is one of the first concrete constructions, it was founded in 1908 and declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation in 2003.

The building of the Masaya Old Market Cultural Center known as the Handicraft Market. It represents a cultural heritage not only for Masaya but for Nicaragua. It is advisable to take a tour of its shop windows and corridors, calmly and let yourself be carried away by the magic and color of that place and its people.


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