Attractions

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 del Folclore

Inside the Mercado Artesanías complex, this small museum focuses on dance, local myths and the cultural traditions of Masaya. Apart from excellent photos taken at various festivals, it showcases outlandish costumes …
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…
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…
Waterfront in Masaya

Malecón & Laguna de Masaya

Seven blocks west of the Parque Central is an inspiring view in a region famed for them: that across Laguna de Masaya to the smoking Santiago crater. The attractive, if crumbling, malecón (waterfront promenade) was …
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 in 1856. The current version, built in 1925, sits at the ancient center of Monimbó…
Church in Masaya

Parroquia El Calvario

Parroquia El Calvario is a squat colonial structure with no spire, most remarkable for the extra-gory statues of Jesus and the thieves being crucified found right at the entrance. Those are original – the rest had t…
Monument in Masaya

Antigua Estación del Ferrocarril de Masaya

Masaya's elegant former train station, built in 1926 on the north side of the city, is a local landmark. In 2013, the city announced plans to convert it into a cultural center, but at time of writing the project was…
Church in Masaya

Parroquia de La Asunción

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

Iglesia San Miguel de Masaya

The modern Iglesia de San Miguel, whose resident San Miguel Arcángel makes the rounds during the procession of St Jerome, is worth a peek.