Convento y Museo San Francisco
Alianza Francesa de Granada
French and Spanish language courses, plus French-inspired cultural events.
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Casa de los Leones & Fundación Casa de los Tres Mundos
Founded in 1986 by Ernesto Cardenal, the Fundación Casa de los Tres Mundos moved to elegant 1720 Casa de los Leones in 1992. At the...
Just like John Lennon would have liked it, this chilled-out bar features live music most days of the week.
Kathy’s Waffle House
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Costado Norte de Plaza de Leones, 1c E · interesting places nearby
Convento y Museo San Francisco information
One of the oldest churches in Central America and the most striking building in Granada, Iglesia San Francisco boasts a robin's egg-blue birthday-cake facade and houses both an important convent and one of the best museums in the region. Originally constructed in 1585, it was subsequently burned to the ground by pirates and later William Walker, rebuilt in 1868 and restored in 1989.
The museum is through the small door on the left, where guides (some of whom speak English) are available for tours; tips are appreciated. Museum highlights include top-notch Primitivist art, a scale model of the city and a group of papier-mâché indigenous people cooking, relaxing in hammocks and swinging on comelazatoaztegams, a sort of 360-degree see-saw.
Also here: the Zapatera statuary, two solemn regiments of black-basalt statues looming above large men and possessed of 10 times their gravity, carved between AD 800 and 1200, then left behind on the ritual island of Zapatera. Most were discovered in the late 1880s and gathered in Granada in the 1920s.