Santiago of Managua Cathedral, Managua
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Explore the historic ruins of Santiago of Managua Cathedral, an important historical monument for the city. The cathedral survived several earthquakes since construction began in 1928. However, it was the disastrous 1972 Nicaragua earthquake that led to the building’s closure. Many thought the structure to be damaged beyond repair, but in recent years plans for the renovation and reopening of the site have begun. Although you can't enter the cathedral, its exterior makes an impressive sight. Created by Pablo Dambach, the building was not only designed in Belgium, but parts were actually constructed there and then shipped to Managua. Look up to the two intact towers, said to represent San Pedro and San Pablo, supported from the central structure by Christ. Put Santiago of Managua Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Managua itinerary planner.
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  • When I visited Managua in May, 2016 we were not allowed into the cathedral because it had been damgaged some years before by an Earthquake. I walked around it and admired the structure, amazed that it...  more »
  • A beautiful remnant of the glory of the old Managua. This imposing and magnificent structure complete this magnificent square. A must visit while in Managua 
  • The building is unsafe and closed after earthquake damage some years ago. The facade is lovely, sitting on Plaza de la Revolucion. 
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  • Old dilapidated church that has not been touched for decades. All restorations have been limited to the outside and surrounding area as church is now to weak from several earthquakes and shellings during the war. More of a symbol of Managua you can see rather than experience. You can only see a glimpse of the inside.
  • This is a strange, bizarre, broken down old church. I heard that it never got repaired after the earthquake many years ago, and one of the interesting things is that they repaved it so the stairs jut out of the pavement unevenly. They have security guards guarding it, so you can't just traipse in and walk around. It's great for awesome photos, though.
  • How eerie to see a huge cathedral like this looking like its about to fall apart. The clocks on top showing time from a generation ago. One touch and the whole thing looks like it could go kaboom. Yet it still stands.
  • Its amazing, we must accept, anyway, that our Nicaragua is getting better every day...slowly...even when we have been far away. I mean, without us.
  • Big old church that looks like it is about to fall apart anytime now. You can't go inside, but it is still worth the walk to see it