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Masaya Downtown

The small charming city of “Masaya”, traditionally known as "the city of flowers" has a population of 150 thousand inhabitants. The name Masaya comes from the Nahuatl language, originally ‘Mazalt Yan’ which means “place of deer”. The center of the town has been restored by the International Spanish Cooperation, especially the baroque church “Our Lady of Asuncion”, originally constructed in 1750, but quite affected by the earthquake in 2000. A few blocks away from the center “San Jeronimo” church is also appreciated with neo-classical style. The town of Masaya celebrates San Jeronimo between the month of September and December. During this celebration on last Sunday of October, the city has the unique procession of “Los Aguizotes”, which is a colorful manifestation of thousands of locals wearing scary customs and masks of devils, skulls, animals and creatures. In order to make the show more spectacular this activity happens at night.

Within the historical center there are also other monuments of valuable importance including the old train station built in 1895 and rebuilt in 1935. The “Malecon” or lake front is a relaxing place with great views of Masaya National Park and also of Masaya lagoon, a very special place where the native Chorotegas used to climb down the lake to gather water. In addition the “Roberto Clemente” baseball stadium is located by the Malecon. Roberto Clemente was the famous Puerto Rican Major League Baseball Player from Los Padres de San Diego who died in an airplane accident on his attempt to bring clothes, food, medicine and other supplies to Nicaraguans who suffered from Managua’s 6.2 magnitude earthquake in 1972.

The city of Masaya enjoys a very active commerce with lots of small family businesses and many shops selling all types of goods including shoes and clothes.

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