Although its distinctive powder blue façade has now been repainted in cream and its decorative white pillars embellished with splashes of red, the San Francisco Convent and Museum (Iglesia San Francisco) is still one of Granada's prettiest buildings. With a history dating back to 1529, it's also among the oldest churches in Central America and remains one of the city's most memorable sights.
Today the convent is home to the small but impressive museum where highlights include a scale model of Granada, a collection of historic photographs, and a series of Solentiname oil paintings. The star attraction is undoubtedly the collection of statues from Zapatera Island—these basalt figures date back as early as 800 AD and offer fascinating insight into ancient indigenous art.
The San Francisco Convent and Museum is located on Calle Cervantes in Granada, just a few blocks from the city's main cathedral. The site is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm and on weekends from 9am to 4pm. Admission costs US $2.