Church Bell Merced Cathedral
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Bell Tower of the Church Merced
As the soft evening light shines upon the bell, located in the clock tower of the prominent Church Merced which rings on the hour, one looks out over the Cathedral on the plaza and beyond to the shores of the Lake Cocibolca. To speak of Granada is to evoke the majestic city of colonial times. Its citizens are proud of the lineage of a city called “The Sultaness of the Great Lake”. Established in 1524, Granada was the first city to be founded in Nicaragua by the Spanish conquistadors. For three centuries it was the most important center of commerce in the country with a rich history including pirate attacks. It has a port strategically located on Lake Nicaragua, which is the tenth largest freshwater lake in the world. With its colonial architecture and spectacular view of volcano Mombacho, Granada is a true jewel in Central America. Baroque and Renaissance churches can be found among other colonial and Neo-classical buildings. The Cathedral, City Hall, and the Social Club of Granada were constructed around the central plaza, a design which was typical of Spanish cities in the 16th century. If you're looking for a place to learn Spanish, you may want to consider taking classes in charming Granada in Nicaragua.
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