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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  • Excellent and very nice, is definitely a place to what to visit during your stay, obviously is close to tourist attractions and its history is very nice
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  • Much is known of the architecture of the Cathedral and the history that encompassed in its walls is something very beautiful and full of memory a very nice place to learn
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  • The Cathedral is incredibly cute, is a jewel of l architecture and the history of this country. Personally I recommend visit of night lighting that has is amazing, but if you visit day quite well you can enjoy. The Cathedral is closed, you can not enter but I think that a nice option is go and meet it
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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