La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora isn’t the grandest or most famous of Granada’s churches. It doesn’t dominate the city’s skyline like the Cathedral of Granada. Nor does it wear its weathered history like Iglesia de la Merced. But La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora makes a credible claim as the most beautiful.
The main feature of its exterior is a tall, narrow facade over the main entrance. Like many Latin American churches where repainting the stucco is part of the routine maintenance, the church’s exterior color has changed over time. At one point, it was a kind of muddy yellow blue trim. Now it’s white with blue trim. And it stands very tall over otherwise low-lying buildings on Calle Real Xalteva, about eight blocks west of Parque Central.
The facade is striking enough, but once you’re inside, it’s much more decorative, with neo-Gothic arches and decorations. Instead of the usual white stucco interior, La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora’s interior is painted in pastel blue and green. Pointed arches overhead converge in the ceiling over the nave, and the floor features an ornate geometric pattern of tiles. There’s an attention to detail and an eye for cohesiveness that you don’t always find in Central American churches.
It all leads to a beautifully colorful altar. To the right stands a statue of Mary and Child. The back of the altar area is decorated with an ornately carved structure that forms the frame of a depiction of the disciples worshipping Mary and the baby Jesus.
Photos of La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora in Granada, Nicaragua
Travel Advice for Nicaragua
You can find the latest U.S. Department of State travel advisories and information for Nicaragua (such as entry visa requirements and vaccination requirements) here.
The British and Australian governments offer their own country-specific travel information. You can find the British Government's travel advice for Nicaragua here and the Australian Government's here.
Health & Vaccinations
The CDC makes country-specific recommendations for vaccinations and health for travelers. You can find their latest information for Nicaragua here.
Guidebooks for Nicaragua
If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for Nicaragua. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.
- Kaminski, Anna (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- Maddicks, Russell (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- Lonely Planet Nicaragua
- Lonely Planet (Author)
- Surfers guide book to traveling in Costa Rica
- Offers plenty of helpful hints
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