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The history of this cathedral and its home city reflects in many ways the history of Nicaragua: Spanish rulers who founded this city named it after Granada in Spain to commemorate the Christian Reconquista of that ancient city from the Moors who had ruled there for centuries; smaller churches were originally built on this site, but the first substantial cathedral to stand here was destroyed by the American William Walker who attempted to use mercenary armies to establish colonies in Nicaragua under his personal control - he was later executed in Honduras; early in the twentieth century the new cathedral was completed in neo-classical style, and, today, looks out over the shady, peaceful, family-filled Parque Colon and its food stalls, craft vendors and park benches.

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