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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  • An architectural Marvel. In general all the square is beautiful and huge. Unfortunately post earthquake, already not allowed entry to the Catedral, but you can just come and take nice photos. Carries water and sunscreen! Hot and there is no shade nearby.
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  • What a beautiful Cathedral a true shame that it was never restored after the earthquake. It reminds you of the great Cathedrals of Spain.  more »
  • It is vivitar this site to see one of the buildings most important of the Managua destroyed by the earthquake of 1972, located in the ancient square of the Republic, today Plaza of the revolution, in the Center dee old Managua. Facing the square is the Palace of culture, presidential House, which is not used for the purpose it was built and the old Central Park. Lake Managua, the Paseo Salvador Allende and a series of newly created amenities are located nearby. It is a place that should be visited.
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  • I got to take beautiful pictures from the outside.
  • Beautiful place at night, very impressive.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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