Located in the eastern part of the city of Granada, the Iglesia of Guadalupe, or Guadalupe Church, is situated on Calle La Calzada, between the shore of Lake Nicaragua and the city centre.
Iglesia of Guadalupe was constructed as a cloister in 1626 by the monk Fray Benito Baltodano. During the colonial times the Guadalupe Church was very important because of its strategic location. Situated at the entrance of the city, it was sacked and destroyed by pirates and filibusters. The Iglesia of Guadalupe was occupied for 18 days while used as a last stand stronghold by William Walker in 1856, a year after the American filibuster invaded Nicaragua and declared himself president.
Reconstruction of Guadalupe Church was completed in 1965. The stunningly beautiful interior of the church is a stark contrast to the structure’s exterior. The stained glass dedication to the Virgin of Guadalupe is amazing, and the rows of Corinthian columns are magnificent. The exterior remaining weathered and worn looking does not hint at the wonders to be seen inside, but the outside does add to the churches’ historical air.
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