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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Nicaragua Part 12

    Friday, August 25, 2017
    The Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua

    The Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.
    The Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.

    A church-like tomb at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.
    A church-like tomb at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.

    An angel at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.
    An angel at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.

    On cloud nine at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.
    On cloud nine at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.

    Looking down a lane at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.
    Looking down a lane at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.

    Jesus Christ and the Bible at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.
    Jesus Christ and the Bible at the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.

    Right after 12:00 noon today, it was nice and sunny outside, so I figured what better time could there be to manifest my inner goth? With the Cocteau Twins’ Garlands album playing in my head, I walked 1.5 miles over toward the west side of town to visit the Cementerio de Granada. Founded in 1876, this large cemetery is packed chock full of mausoleums, tombs and graves, and even a scale model of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Most of the painted inscriptions–except on the newer pieces–is moderately to heavily weathered, which lends an even more melancholy air to the place.

    A colorful bus outside the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.
    A colorful bus outside the Cementerio de Granada, Nicaragua.

    Capilla Maria Auxiladora in Granada, Nicaragua.
    Capilla Maria Auxiladora in Granada, Nicaragua.

    Capilla Maria Auxiladora in Granada, Nicaragua.
    Capilla Maria Auxiladora in Granada, Nicaragua.

    Faded fonts in Granada, Nicaragua.
    Faded fonts in Granada, Nicaragua.

    A weathered doorway in Granada, Nicaragua.
    A weathered doorway in Granada, Nicaragua.

    A tweaked tree in Granada, Nicaragua.
    A tweaked tree in Granada, Nicaragua.

    Some of the graves are decorated with classical sculptures, while others are adorned with crudely painted images of Christian figures. By the time I had arrived, the sky was mostly overcast and grey, but at least it didn’t rain! At one point, I rounded a corner and spotted a large funeral procession a dozen yards away and closing in on me fast. Needless to say, I quickly turned an about face and stepped back well out of the way to let it pass. I also encountered various guys who work in the cemetery, who bid me a friendly hello. After an hour or so, I’d had my fill and beat a quick retreat back into the center of town.

    Words and photos ©2017 Arcane Candy.

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