Altagracia is a
municipalityin the Rivas department of Nicaragua. It is the second largest city on the island of Ometepe. Its original name was Astagalpa, meaning ‘house of the herons’ in Náhuatl.
Altagracia is home to a Cathedral which was built in 1924. The city has recently installed a
sculpture parknext to the cathedral that contains important pre-Columbian art made from basaltrock. The figures are of great size, and represent human figures and their alter egos, mainly the eagleand jaguar. The pre-Columbian basalt rock figures are estimated to be from the nineteenth century.
Also present in Altagracia is the Museum of Ometepe ("Museo de Ometepe") with a large
The city patron is San Diego de Alcalá and his festival, Fiesta de San Diego, is celebrated from November 12-18. [http://www.vianica.com/visit/ometepe Explore Nicaragua: Ometepe Island ] ] The traditional dance called "baile del Zompopo" is performed on the 17th of November. This tradition is mixed with the celebration of
Xolotl, who inhabited Nicaragua in pre-Colombiantimes before the Spaniards arrived. When the Franciscanarrived in Ometepe in 1613, this tradition was already existent, although they brought with themselves an image of San Diego de Alcalá and with time they obtained his figure and replaced Xolotl.
Tourism in Nicaragua
Charco Verde Nature Reserve
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