Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Granada Cathedral and its Painted Ceiling

Exploring Nicaragua

"Did you go to the cathedral?"

"How many paintings have been completed?"

These were two questions we were often asked by Nicaraguans as we continued to travel throughout the country and happen to mention we had been in Granada.  "When I was last there," a young guide on Ometepe Island told us, "There were only two.  I can't wait until the whole thing is painted."

Their excitement was contagious. I have made a mental note to keep track of the progress and return when it is completed.  (I could not find out who the artist was or if there are several of them so if anyone out there in cyberspace knows, please send a comment my way.)

Mark my words:  The painted ceiling of Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Granada, Nicaragua is going to be a "must-see" destination for art lovers. Each vaulted section of the ceiling in both the nave and two aisles will eventually be painted with a biblical scene--a contemporary and more joyous version of the Sistine Chapel.

It will be magnificent.


Although the cathedral dates back to the 16th century, it had been destroyed so many times by marauding pirates that today's structure has little resemblance to the original.  This cathedral was finished in 1972.  Its architecture is neoclassical and its yellow and white bell towers and dome soar above the city's rooftops, providing a landmark for miles around.

Everything about this church is lovely.  It is light and airy.  The stained glass windows and pastel painted dome are visually stunning.  I didn't even mind the permanent fixture of the above blue scaffold.  This cathedral is a work-in-progress.

I, too, can't wait until it's done.

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