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Granada Cathedral

Marvel at the colorful façade of this 16th-century cathedral and tour the interior for its chapels, paintings and statues. 

The prominent city landmark of Granada Cathedral stands over Central Plaza. It’s an arresting sight with its bright yellow façade trimmed with white. Destroyed and rebuilt on numerous occasions, the current neoclassical structure was completed in 1915.

Pause for a moment in the square to take in the cathedral's architecture and design details. Admire the red tiling on the dome and the two bell towers. Observe the stone cross in front of the cathedral and appreciate the building’s white balustrades and smooth white columns.

Stroll around the impressive interior, a large light-filled space that has the same yellow and white color scheme as the exterior. Your tour of the church will take you to three separate naves and four chapels.

Study the religious statues dotted throughout the building and note their expressive faces. Look up into the dome, which is ringed by 12 windows, some of them made of stained glass. Try and pick out the religious scenes they depict. Photograph the main altar with its bright blue backdrop. To the left and behind the altar is a statue of the Virgin Mary in a rock-like grotto. Other highlights include the tiled floor and numerous paintings. 

Once you have finished your look inside the cathedral, stay and enjoy the plaza. Sit under the shade of a tree by the fountain and watch the street performers and locals passing by. Occasionally, the square is a venue for markets and festivals.

Granada Cathedral is open all week although the main services are held on Sunday and during holidays. There is no admission fee. This important Catholic place of worship is located on the east side of the city’s central plaza, close to several popular bus routes. Granada is a compact city and many of its attractions are within easy walking distance of each other.


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Hotel Real La Merced $64
Hotel Real La Merced

Hotel Real La Merced

Calle Real Xalteva, Frente a Iglesia la Merced, Granada
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this historic inn is within a 5-minute walk of Church of Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, Sor Maria Romero Meneses Birthplace, and Granada Cathedral. Parque Central and Church of Xalteva are also within 10 minutes.

    La Posada del Sol $31
    La Posada del Sol

    La Posada del Sol

    Calle el Caimito de La Alcaldia, 3 Cuadra y media a Lago, Granada, Nicaragua
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Granada, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parque Central, Guadalupe Church, and Granada Cathedral. Convento San Francisco Plaza and San Francisco Convent and Cultural Center are also within 10 minutes.

      Hotel Plaza Colon $87
      Hotel Plaza Colon

      Hotel Plaza Colon

      In front of Parque Central, Granada
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is steps from Granada Cathedral and Parque Central. Mi Museo Granada Collection and Mansion de Chocolate Museum are also within 5 minutes.

        Selina Granada $16
        Selina Granada

        Selina Granada

        Calle La Libertad, Granada
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this hostel is steps from Granada Cathedral and Parque Central. Mi Museo Granada Collection and Mansion de Chocolate Museum are also within 5 minutes.

          Hotel Casa Cubana
          Hotel Casa Cubana

          Hotel Casa Cubana

          Calle La Libertad, 2 blocks north of Iglesia Xalteva, Granada
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Granada, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Xalteva, Sor Maria Romero Meneses Birthplace, and Chapel of Maria Auxiliadora. Church of Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes and La Polvora Fort and Museum are also within 10 minutes.

            Mansión de Chocolate
            Mansión de Chocolate

            Mansión de Chocolate

            Calle Atravesada, across from Bancentro, Granada
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Granada hotel is located near the airport, just steps from Mi Museo Granada Collection and Mansion de Chocolate Museum. Granada Cathedral and Parque Central are also within 5 minutes.

              El Caite - Hostel $10
              El Caite - Hostel

              El Caite - Hostel

              Calle la lLibertad, del bac Granada, 20 metros al oeste, Granada
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Granada, this hotel is steps from Mi Museo Granada Collection, Mansion de Chocolate Museum, and Granada Cathedral. Parque Central and Church of Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes are also within 5 minutes.

                Plaza Marbella Granada Condiminiums $69
                Plaza Marbella Granada Condiminiums

                Plaza Marbella Granada Condiminiums

                Calle Cuiscoma, Granada, Granada
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Granada, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parque Central, Granada Cathedral, and Convento San Francisco Plaza. San Francisco Convent and Cultural Center and Church of Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes are also within 10 minutes.