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Granada / Nicaragua

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Partner City since 14 January 1991

Partner City since 14 January 1991

Location

Granada lies approx. 50 km southwest of the country´s capital of Managua on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America´s largest fresh-water lake. Next to Granada, rising up towards the heavens, is the volcanic Mount Mombacho. The city´s close proximity to the Equator allows tropical and subtropical flora and fauna to thrive in abundance.

Inhabitants

approx. 120.000

Significance

A combination of old-style town houses, churches and other dwellings built in the traditional colonial style surround the magnificent Parque Central. A further sight worth seeing is the "Casa De Los Tres Mundos" (The House of Three Worlds), a project initiated by Dietmar Schönherr and Ernesto Cardenal; the building serves as an international centre of encounters for artists and visitors from Latin America, North America and Europe.
Open courses and concerts offered to the local population are held in this modern cultural centre.

Sights

• Cathedral of Granada
• La Merced and Real Xalteva churches
• San Francisco Museum with stone sculptures and palm gardens
• Historical buildings lining Central Park: Alcaldia, Casa De Los Tres Mundos, market square
• Isletas de Granada (356 small islands sprinkled across Lago Cocibolca)
• Mount Mombacho, a volcano with rare tropical flora and fauna