Top Choice Market in Masaya

Mercado de Artesanías de Masaya

Showcasing the highest-quality crafts in the country, this historic marketplace, a black-basalt Gothic structure with a Spanish-fortress motif that includes turrets, towers and oversized gates, dates from 1888. It's…
Fort in Masaya

Fortaleza De Coyotepe

Built in 1893 atop Cerro de los Coyotes, this fortress saw the last stand of Benjamín Zeledón, the 1912 hero of resistance to US intervention. The marines managed to take the fortress – as witnessed by a young man n…
Museum in Masaya

Museo y Galería de Héroes y Mártires

Inside the alcaldía (mayor’s office), this museum honors Masayans who gave their lives during the revolution. There are walls of photos and interesting displays of bomb-building materials and weapons, as well as per…
Religious Site in Masaya

Parroquia de La Asunción

At the center of it all is the 1750 Parroquia de La Asunción, an attractive but scarred late-baroque beauty that the Spanish government has offered to help repair.
Museum in Masaya

Museo del Folclore

A small museum inside the Mercado Artesanías complex, the Museo del Folclore focuses on dance, local myths and the cultural traditions of Masaya.
Church in Masaya

Iglesia de San Jerónimo

Among the major buildings worst hit by the earthquake of 2000 (which also destroyed about 80 homes) was 1928 Iglesia de San Jerónimo, the spiritual heart of Masaya and one of the most recognizable silhouettes on the…
Waterfront in Masaya

Malecón & Laguna de Masaya

Seven blocks west of the Parque Central is an inspiring view in a region famed for them: the view across Laguna de Masaya to the smoking Santiago crater. The attractive, if crumbling, malecón was constructed in 1944…
Church in Masaya

Iglesia María Magdalena

Iglesia María Magdalena, sort of the sister church to San Sebastián, is where many of Monimbó's most important festivals begin or end.
Church in Masaya

Iglesia San Miguel de Masaya

Another church worth seeing includes more modern Iglesia de San Miguel, whose resident San Miguel Arcángel makes the rounds during the procession of St Jerome.
Church in Masaya

Iglesia San Sebastián

The original church at this location, also called Iglesia San Sebastián, was built around 1700; it was burned down by William Walker. The current version, built in 1925, sits at the ancient center of Monimbó, which …