Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Kolden Report: They sure know how to build 'em! April 1, 2014




Hello, kids!

Our Nicaraguan journey resumes, in Granada.





Nicaraguan flag.








Closer.  (I've love to have a robe made of such silky material.)





Town square.





Catholic church.





As I walked out in the streets of Granada,
as I walked out in Granada one day....
I spied a pale gringo all dressed in white cotton,
all dressed in white cotton, as hot as the clay!  (Sung to the tune of "streets of Laredo").





Love.  The universal language.  





Family car.





BIG doors to the Catholic church!





VERY old, VERY ornate.





Intricate pulpit, sturdy pews.





Bell tower.





Arches.






No, it does not mean Indian Health Service. ( Iesus Hominum Salvator or Jesus for short).





Translated:  Jesus falls first time 947.





Arches and halls and tile of old.





Everything built on a grand scale, by hand, hundreds of years ago.  Amazing!





Opportunities to kneel and pray.





"Oh the crystal chandeliers light up, the paintings on the wall.  Marble statuettes, are standing stately ....in the hall."  - Charley Pride








Let's just say I was intrigued!





And then I came to the stained glass.  





Inside an upper rotunda.  How did they even build the rotunda so many stories up in the air?  Or get the stained glass installed there?




Each window was decorated, some more ornately than others.








The big, no ENORMOUS... picture.  Hard to fathom HOW they created this, with no scaffolds or lifts or tools such as we have today.





A simple barrier, done elegantly in wrought iron.







Even the floor tile were works of art.








Cheerful cleaning crew, on break.  (Boy, did they have their hands full...what a BIG place).





Hand carved.  





Ancient, swirled tile.





I wonder if this tile is original equipment?  It sure has the look of age.





She is revered in this church.  One of the few photos on the walls.  (Although there are mixed feelings about her if you Google Mother Teresa Granada Nicaragua.  You'll read that she opposed the Sandanista's who are revered in Granada.)





Grand.





A closer look at that ceiling.





Outside.





Bell tower.

Up next.  Taxi? 

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"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money.  Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them.  So, spread your love everywhere you go." - Mother Teresa

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