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. Using our world travel planner, Managua attractions like Santiago of Managua Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 4, 2017
    It is a work emblematic which combines architecture, history and religious symbolism. His Neo-classical style testifies the imposing beauty, in spite of the passage of time still can be inferred from his remains. Likewise in the urban area of the city of Managua, destroyed by the earthquake of 1972.
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  • October 3, 2017
    The majestuos structure stands in the middle of the Plaza in the epic center of Managua it takes all the space, you can't take your eyes off of her.....for a moment you loose track of time and travel ...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Large building facing the Piazza della Repubblica in Managua at the former Cathedral, then suffered damage in the earthquake ruins have been left as it is. From the appearance so that's not so, I was surprised.
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  • May 15, 2017
    I got to take beautiful pictures from the outside.
  • May 21, 2017
    Beautiful place at night, very impressive.
  • June 20, 2016
    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.
  • October 21, 2016
    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.
  • March 11, 2016
    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.

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