Altagracia

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For the city in Argentina, see Alta Gracia. For the province in the Dominican Republic, see La Altagracia. For the city in Venezuela, see Los Puertos de Altagracia. For the Venezuelan TV series known as Altagracia, see La Mujer de Judas.
Altagracia
Astagalpa
Municipality
Sculpture park next to the cathedral of Altagracia
Sculpture park next to the cathedral of Altagracia
Altagracia is located in Nicaragua
Altagracia
Altagracia
Location in Nicaragua
Coordinates: 11°34′N 85°35′W / 11.567°N 85.583°W / 11.567; -85.583
Country  Nicaragua
Department Rivas Department
Area
 • Municipality 81 sq mi (211 km2)
Population (2005)
 • Municipality 19,955
 • Urban 7,041

Altagracia (Spanish pronunciation: [altaˈɣɾasja]) is a municipality in the Rivas Department of Nicaragua.

It is the second largest town on the island of Ometepe. Its original name was Astagalpa, meaning ‘house of the herons’ in Nahuatl.[1]

History[edit]

Altagracia is home to a cathedral which was built in 1924. The city has recently installed a sculpture park next to the cathedral that contains important pre-Columbian art made from basalt rock. The figures are of great size, and represent human figures and their alter egos, mainly the eagle and jaguar.

Also present in Altagracia is the Museum of Ometepe (Museo de Ometepe) with a large archaeological and ethnographic collection.

Tradition[edit]

The city patron is San Diego de Alcalá and his festival, Fiesta de San Diego, is celebrated from November 12–18.[1] 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-Columbian times before the Spaniards arrived. When the Franciscan arrived 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.

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Coordinates: 11°34′N 85°35′W / 11.567°N 85.583°W / 11.567; -85.583