History of the
Saint Nicholas Chapel of Selva Negra.
Matagalpa, Nicaragua






 Since construction first began on Selva Negra in 1975, the idea of a chapel has always been a dream of family. Klaus Kühl (Eddy?s father) and Mausi Hayn Kühl agreed upon a beautiful location situated in the middle of the virgin forest many years ago.

 The site was prepared ages in advance of the construction. Grandpa Klaus planted pine trees in and around the area. The pine tree seeds were brought from the Yucul Plantation, which had been settled by Albert Vogl (Mausi?s great grandfather) in 1888.

After walking the land around the chapel the family decided that it would be a lovely idea to create paths throughout the forest for the guests and family to enjoy. Many of these paths begin right outside the chapel.

It was not before 1990, when Eddy and Mausi returned from 10 years in the United States, that they once again began thinking about the chapel. However, it would take some encouragement to get the construction moving.

 Fortunately, that encouragement came from the Kühl's daughter, Karen, in 1998. Karen, Eddy and Mausi?s second daughter, told the family that she and her long time boyfriend, Don Sloth, wished to be married.
 Mausi suggested that they finally build the chapel and Karen and her bridgegroom could celebrate their marriage in Nicaragua. This idea set the stage for the construction of the chapel. Every family member had a different vision concerning the construction and style of the chapel.

 Eddy  drew up plans for a small chapel. Mausi wanted it to be bigger, Karen wanted it to be more rustic, and Cody (Eddy and Mausi?s grandson) wanted church bells. Each different idea brought new plans. The family decided to keep these as memories for the future.
 At last, construction began in October 1998. The construction fell under the direction of Manuel, a man from the town of Jinotega, who specialized in rustic construction. Along the way many changes were made to the little chapel.
 It was decided to keep the cut stone interior as the plans indicated while changing to uncut stones for the outwalls, creating a more rustic look. The stones used were bought from the Pica-Piedras family. The Pica-Piedras are known for the special stones they sell because they come exclusively from rocky areas around Matagalpa.
 The construction was finished on February 4th, 2000, exactly one day before Karen and Don Sloth?s wedding! The couple invited 300 Nicaraguans and 30 American friends from all over the United States.
 From Atlanta came Karen?s sister, Gretel, from Florence, Italy came another sister, Nora, from Paris and Miami came other friends, Patty and Karla and so forth.
 The wedding took place on February 5th, 2000, a day the family had been planning for over  years. It was a very happy day indeed and will be remembered for many years to come, especially by Karen Kühl and Don Sloth.
 To the joy of everyone, the 25 year old dream of the chapel finally came true after all that time.


CHRONOLOGíA    HISTORIA     SITIO ARQUEOLóGICO CHAGUITILLO   MUSEO DEL CAFE
MUSEO DE INMIGRANTES ALEMANES    MUSEO DE CARLOS FONSECA AMADOR
MUSEO CASA DE RUBEN DARIO       ESPERANZA VERDE        TERRABONA       SEBACO
CAPILLA DE SAN NICOLAS SELVA NEGRA            PICTORICO DE SELVA NEGRA        SELVA NEGRA
ZOOLóGICO PARQUE LOS MONOS     BIOGRAFIAS MATAGALPINAS   CATEDRAL SAN PEDRO, MATAGALPA
TERROCARRIL DE MATAGALPA