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History

Proclaimed Historic Heritage of the City of Granada, La Gran Francia is a Jewel of Colonial Architecture of Nicaragua. The first construction of what would be La Gran Francia goes back to the first years of the existence of the city of Granada, towards the year Of 1524. This building, much more modest than the existing one, was a one-story colonial dwelling. Despite the fire suffered and the almost total destruction of Granada in 1856 by orders of filibustero William Walker, the house survived. With a spirit and a spirit of reconstruction, La Gran Francia rose to the heights - with two floors - and rebuilt reconstructed, retaining its style and presenting the current configuration, which has been enjoyed since 1865, approximate date of the reconstruction of the Burned city.

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The house owes its name to its most famous inhabitant, the French duke, Georges Choisseul Praslin, whose dramatic story seems drawn from a novel. The story goes that after assassinating his wife, the Duke of Praslin, aided by King Louis Phillipe of France, fakes his suicide and flees to Nicaragua, living in the city of Granada in La Gran Francia. In the winter of 1995, after Several years of neglect, the southwest wall of the house collapsed completely. In that same year began the arduous restoration of the property, being faithful to its authentic colonial style, giving back its original majesty, which today can be appreciated in all its splendor.

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