Iglesia de San Jerónimo

Church in Masaya

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 skyline. But that hasn't stopped anyone from celebrating the longest fiestas patronales (saints days) in Nicaragua, with their epicenter, as always, right here. Seek permission to climb the bell tower for impressive views of the city.