Granada is a department in western Nicaragua and also the department’s seat. With an estimated population of 110,326 (2003), it is Nicaragua’s fourth most populous city and capital of the Granada Department. Granada is historically one of Nicaragua’s most important cities both economically and politically. It is situated on the northwestern shore of Lake Nicaragua. It was founded by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba on December 8, 1524. It has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and layout.

Granada cathedral with Lake Nicaragua in background
Granada cathedral with Lake Nicaragua in background
Cathedral viewed from the museum door
Cathedral viewed from the museum door
Cathedral on Parque Central
Cathedral on Parque Central
Cathedral on Parque Central
Cathedral on Parque Central
Cathedral facade faces on Parque Central
Cathedral facade faces on Parque Central
Cathedral on Parque Central
Cathedral on Parque Central
Local transportation
Local transportation
Restored colonial building
Restored colonial building
Money changers (holding wads of cash) in front of Central
Money changers (holding wads of cash) in front of Central American Bank
Dulce de leche chocolate coins
Dulce de leche chocolate coins
Parque Central
Parque Central
Family gathering at Parque Central
Family gathering at Parque Central
Food vendor in Parque Central
Food vendor in Parque Central
Offices in restored buildings on Parque Central
Offices in restored buildings on Parque Central
Parque Central in the afternoon
Parque Central in the afternoon
Colonial architecture on Plaza Independencia
Colonial architecture on Plaza Independencia
Restored restaurant
Restored restaurant
Tourist transport
Tourist transport
Ad for cigars
Ad for cigars
Hotel dining room
Hotel dining room
Hotel courtyard
Hotel courtyard
Street sweeper taking a break
Street sweeper taking a break
Sleepy workers
Sleepy workers
Repairing the sidewalk; Granada is well kept
Repairing the sidewalk; Granada is well kept
Young friends on a colorful arcade
Young friends on a colorful arcade
Convent and Church of San Francisco, adjacent to the city
Convent and Church of San Francisco, adjacent to the city museum (on left)
Murals in city museum depicting the Spanish conquest dominating the
Murals in city museum depicting the Spanish conquest dominating the local natives
Mural of symbols--modern men trying to control the natural wilderness
Mural of symbols--modern men trying to control the natural wilderness (?); note the hind quarters of the horse are very humanoid.
Restored soffit detail of a hotel
Restored soffit detail of a hotel
"I wear a condom when fucking with a prostitute."
"I wear a condom when fucking with a prostitute."
Barber around the corner--haircut $2
Barber around the corner--haircut $2
An image from the past
An image from the past
Cafe Nuit is a gay-friendly place to eat with good
Cafe Nuit is a gay-friendly place to eat with good food
Waiter at gay-friendly Cafe Nuit
Waiter at gay-friendly Cafe Nuit
Colonial restoration
Colonial restoration
Iglesia Guadalupe, on the road to Lake Nicaragua
Iglesia Guadalupe, on the road to Lake Nicaragua
Niche reading
Niche reading
Upper class house
Upper class house
Local pet wandering free
Local pet wandering free
Spotted goat
Spotted goat
Un-named European explorer--probably Francisco Hern????ndez de C????rdoba (1475-1526)
Un-named European explorer--probably Francisco Hern????ndez de C????rdoba (1475-1526)
Ice cream vendor by Lake Nicaragua
Ice cream vendor by Lake Nicaragua
Ice cream vendor by Lake Nicaragua
Ice cream vendor by Lake Nicaragua
Promenade on Lake Nicaragua
Promenade on Lake Nicaragua
Promenade on Lake Nicaragua
Promenade on Lake Nicaragua
Thinking by Lake Nicaragua
Thinking by Lake Nicaragua
No guessing what's on his mind
No guessing what's on his mind
Local farmer on Lake Nicaragua
Local farmer on Lake Nicaragua
Singer on Independencia Plaza
Singer on Independencia Plaza
Listening to concert on Independencia Plaza
Listening to concert on Independencia Plaza
Young faces
Young faces
Independencia Plaza
Independencia Plaza
Upscale Hotel on Parque Central
Upscale Hotel on Parque Central
Upper class senior couple and friend
Upper class senior couple and friend
Poetry festival in honor of the poet Azarias Pallais
Poetry festival in honor of the poet Azarias Pallais
Restored hotel
Restored hotel
Fine interior of hotel
Fine interior of hotel
Friendly street chef
Friendly street chef
Hauling carts and horses waiting for business
Hauling carts and horses waiting for business
Beans and grains at market
Beans and grains at market
Sweet bread
Sweet bread
Street market
Street market
Fruit vendor
Fruit vendor
Market faces: butcher greets a friend
Market faces: butcher greets a friend
Market faces: gay guy sipping water from a plastic bag
Market faces: gay guy sipping water from a plastic bag
Homeless street boy, perhaps high on glue
Homeless street boy, perhaps high on glue
My Museum and Yours
My Museum and Yours
Courtyard of My Museum and Yours
Courtyard of My Museum and Yours
Antique pottery in My Museum and Yours
Antique pottery in My Museum and Yours
Antique carving at My Museum and Yours
Antique carving at My Museum and Yours
Urns for sale at My Museum and Yours
Urns for sale at My Museum and Yours
Religious items
Religious items
Iglesia de la Merced (1539) with bell tower
Iglesia de la Merced (1539) with bell tower
Interior of Iglesia de la Merced
Interior of Iglesia de la Merced
Interior of Iglesia de la Merced
Interior of Iglesia de la Merced
View from bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
View from bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
View of the cathedral from bell tower of Iglesia de
View of the cathedral from bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
View from bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
View from bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
View from bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
View from bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
View from bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
View from bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
Bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
Bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced
Political FSLN statue of fighter with gun and flag
Political FSLN statue of fighter with gun and flag
Unusual ad on a bus for Kotex
Unusual ad on a bus for Kotex
Young people with guy showing off his buckle
Young people with guy showing off his buckle
Indoor market
Indoor market
Market filled with merchandise
Market filled with merchandise
Grains at market
Grains at market
A lot of gazpacho soup
A lot of gazpacho soup
Proud daddy, puzzled baby
Proud daddy, puzzled baby
Fast food shop
Fast food shop
Entrance to gay-owned Joluva Hotel and B&B (owners from Belgium)
Entrance to gay-owned Joluva Hotel and B&B (owners from Belgium)
Interior court of Joluva Hotel and B&B
Interior court of Joluva Hotel and B&B
Lobby of Joluva Hotel and B&B
Lobby of Joluva Hotel and B&B
Art work at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Art work at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Art work at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Art work at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Young visitor at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Young visitor at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Staff guys at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Staff guys at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Owner Francis with staff at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Owner Francis with staff at Joluva Hotel and B&B
Francis and his partner (owners of Joluva B&B) are developing
Francis and his partner (owners of Joluva B&B) are developing a gay resort/time-share in the countryside, named Club Alegria
The first finished home at the gay resort/time-share in the
The first finished home at the gay resort/time-share in the countryside, named Club Alegria
Interior of the first finished home at the gay resort/time-share
Interior of the first finished home at the gay resort/time-share in the countryside, named Club Alegria
Building the veranda at the gay resort/time-share in the countryside,
Building the veranda at the gay resort/time-share in the countryside, named Club Alegria
Pool at the gay resort/time-share in the countryside, named Club
Pool at the gay resort/time-share in the countryside, named Club Alegria (parties every week)
Chickens in a tree safely away from foxes
Chickens in a tree safely away from foxes
Cowboy and his herd
Cowboy and his herd
Trash collectors
Trash collectors
Traffic fatality on the road; bicyclist hit by taxi (no
Traffic fatality on the road; bicyclist hit by taxi (no doubt speeding)
Local transport
Local transport
Family going into town
Family going into town
Hauling wood to town
Hauling wood to town
Refreshment stand along the road
Refreshment stand along the road
Repaving the road
Repaving the road
A typical rural road, house and cart
A typical rural road, house and cart
Country house, fence and trash
Country house, fence and trash