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As you may have noticed, I've been selling pottery from Nicaragua on eBay. I even started another website called Nicaramcia to organize things a little better. I found it interesting that some of the artists that I buy from have ancestors with pottery on display in the National Musuem. The Bracamonte and Sanchez families in particular do absolutely beautiful work. The history of the town of San Juan de Oriente is pretty fascinating and the pottery produced there is incredible. I guess when you've been doing something for 500 years you get pretty good at it.

While I didn't get to see the ancient footprints at Acahualinca the good news was that they have one on display in the National Museum and you don't have to risk being killed to see it. ;)


Chicken Pottery
Chicken Pottery
El Pueblo
El Pueblo
Pottery By Francisco Bracamonte
Pottery By Francisco Bracamonte
Pottery By Carlos Sanchez
Pottery By Carlos Sanchez
Stone Cathedrals
Stone Cathedrals
Stone Cathedrals
Stone Cathedrals
Straw Angels
Straw Angels
Violin Statue
Violin Statue
Happy Pot
Happy Pot
5000 Year Old Footprint
5000 Year Old Footprint
The National Musuem
The National Musuem
Admiring The Bones
Admiring The Bones

After finishing our tour of the museum we headed outside to the plaza. There are several monuments to fallen Sandinista heroes. The main one, along with an eternal flame, is for the founder of the FSLN Carlos Fonseca Amador. Fonseca was a teacher and a devout Marxist who viewed Cuban society under Fidel Castro as the blueprint for a new Nicaragua. Although he founded the FSLN (Sandinistas), he never lived to see their triumph as he was killed by Somoza's Guardia Nacional in the mountains of Nicaragua in 1976.

Rueben Dario
Rueben Dario
Big Flag
Big Flag
The Plaza
The Plaza
Juniett Takes A Break
Juniett Takes A Break
The Cathedral Needs Work
The Cathedral Needs Work
It Was Beautiful In Its Day
It Was Beautiful In Its Day
Portico In The Park
Portico In The Park
Honey, Are You Done Yet
Honey, Are You Done Yet
Tall Palm Trees
Tall Palm Trees
Gargoyles
Gargoyles
Monument To Carlos Fonseca
Monument To Carlos Fonseca
Founder Of The FSLN
Founder Of The FSLN
Another Monument
Another Monument
La Casa De Los Pueblos
La Casa De Los Pueblos
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue

The most beautiful statue in the park, however, is a monument to the Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario. There are probably more monuments, statues, fountains, etc. dedicated to Dario in Nicaragua than there are to any other person. Dario had a gift for the Spanish language that few before or after have ever possesed. He is one of the most important literary figures in the history of the world and he gained a level of worldwide acclaim that no other Nicaraguan has ever known.

Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
Theres A Bumper In The Tree
Theres A Bumper In The Tree
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
Rueben Dario Statue
The Horseman
The Horseman
Another Revolution Is Coming
Another Revolution Is Coming
Rueben Dario Theatre
Rueben Dario Theatre
Jehovas House
Jehovas House


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