"La Cruz de Bobadilla" Departamento de Masaya Things to Do Tip by paradisedreamer

Departamento de Masaya Things to Do: 18 reviews and 30 photos


During the pre-Columbian age, Masaya Volcano was on object of veneration by the indigenous people. They believed the eruptions were signs of anger from the Gods and to appease them they offered sacrifices, which often included small children and maidens. We did warn the girls that they be on their best behaviour! They then planted a cross, "La Cruz de Bobadilla (named after Father Francisco Bobadilla). It was placed on the crater lip in the 16th century in order to exorcise the Devil. The cross is still there but you can?t climb up to it because of landslides.

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  • Updated Jul 25, 2005
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