The ramshackle Iglesia de San Jerónimo, 600m north of the Parque Central, is the best example of colonial architecture in Masaya. The statue of San Jerónimo on the altar depicts an old man wearing a loincloth and a straw hat, with a rock in his hand and blood on his chest, evidence of self-mortification. The tower is officially closed to the public awaiting renovation, but it’s worth asking if they’ll let you up to see the panoramic views of the city and surrounding area, with volcanoes rearing grandly from the plains.

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