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A church in San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYou can find English language church services in Nicaragua in Managua, both Protestant and Catholic. There is a mosque and I think a Coptic Christian church as well. I don’t know of a Jewish synagogue at this moment.
 
(A church in San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua, pictured.)
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 Nicaragua Christian school emblem – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are changes in religion, even here in Nicaragua.
 
Most people would say that the vast majority of the people in Nicaragua are Catholic, but the statistics show that Evangelicals are gaining very quickly and some stats report that the Catholics are less than 50% now.
 
The Catholic Church is very, very prominently involved here in the day-to-day activities.  They have a lot of schools, and I would say they’re even involved in the government quite a bit.
 
But it’s just like the States.  A lot of people would say they’re Christian or something else, but the reality is there aren’t many people who are going to regular church services as much as they used to. We’re seeing the same thing down here.  Christmas and Easter are big but other times fewer and fewer people seem to attend church.  
 
(Emblem for the Nicaragua Christian Academy, pictured.)
Eddy Marin-Ruiz of The Mortgage Store Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The Christ of the Mercy, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe typical Nicaraguan church is very active and very upbeat. It is more formal here so people dress up to go to church and the celebratory piece amongst all the churches is very prominent. There is a lot of singing and dancing and fun.
 
If you attend a Catholic Mass it would be very close to the experience you would have at a US service. We attend an international Christian Fellowship, which is in English.  The churches here usually have a division of classes. If you go to a church with poorer people, they would be smaller, have no air conditioning, and packed with people. If you went to a church where the people had more resources, then you would find that it’s closer to the experience of a church in the US. The atmosphere in both of them is very active. It’s uplifting and it’s a great.
 
(The statue of The Christ of the Merciful at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, pictured.)
 
Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Guadalupe Church Granada Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAny city in Nicaragua has a church and often times, the bigger cities have cathedrals. For example, if you go to the colonial city of Granada, there are about three or four grand 300-year old cathedrals there. They are big, gothic style churches. Some are more colonial style. They are all very beautiful, very big, and very intricately worked.  
 
Catholicism is very strong in Nicaragua, hence the beautiful Catholic churches that we have. The Catholic service in Nicaragua is a lot like the church services in churches in the US. When you go into a Catholic church anywhere in the world, the service is exactly the same. We celebrate our own host of processions for different saints and that religious culture is quite noticeable in Nicaragua. People are very proud of their heritage and Catholicism is ingrained into the lifestyle that Nicaraguans live.
 
(Pictured to the right is the Guadalupe Church, in Granada, Nicaragua.)
 
Daniel Bolanos of Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan´s Rock – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Catedral de la Asunción in León, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are different types of churches here in Nicaragua. There are those that are very decorated and those that are more humbly decorated. It just depends on where you go, what neighborhood the church is in, and if it is located in a city.
 
The religion of Nicaragua is Catholic, but there are a few other religions, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons. If you go to a church here in Nicaragua, you would find it to be similar to the churches in the US. From what I know, the only difference is that the services here in Nicaragua are in Spanish, but everything else is pretty similar.
 
(Catedral de la Asunción in León, Nicaragua, pictured.)
Maria Acosta of Title Coordination Services (TCS) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Granada, Nicaragua church – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe majority of the locals here in Nicaragua are Catholic, so most of the churches are Catholic, but we do have a lot of Evangelical Christian or Protestant churches as well.
 
The architectural style of each church would depend on where you are in Nicaragua. In Leon or Granada, the typical Spanish churches were probably built in the 18th century. They are big and old with huge main doors. The facades are beautiful.
 
In Managua the church we had that looked like the ones in Leon or Granada was destroyed by the earthquake in 1972. The ruins of the church are still standing. However, the church itself is very unstable so it’s not currently being used. The only churches we have here in Managua are new and modern-looking. They are not that fancy and the altars are very simple.
 
In my opinion, the Nicaraguan Spanish service is less formal than the European or English service. I used to go to a Catholic church in the US when we were still living there, and as for what I have observed, their services are much more structured compared to the ones here in Nicaragua. The Catholic church service has been “tropicalized” here in Nicaragua. The service here in Nicaragua still follows the same pattern but for some reason, I think that in the US, the service is more formal.
 
There have been Jews in Nicaragua for a long time.  Many of the more prominent family names in Nicaragua are Jewish.  In San Juan del Sur, there is a small Jewish community. I just read about it recently so I don’t know much about it.  For instance, I don’t know if they have temples there. In Managua, there’s also a Jewish community that has been around for decades. There’s a rabbi who comes here every year from another country for some of their important celebrations. That’s what leads me to believe that the Jewish community in San Juan del Sur is maybe from the US or that they speak English. Unlike in Managua, the Jewish community there is made up of younger people.

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