Santiago of Managua Cathedral, Managua

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a must see for anyone who loves Nicaragua. It is a lovely and haunting reminder of the devastating earthquake years ago. It is nice they have left it standing. Lovely worth the visit. 
  • This beautiful cathedral is a reminder of the devastation caused by the 1972 earthquake. You can't access the cathedral but can get close enough to appreciate its architectural beauty. It's located in...  read more »
  • We had lived in Nicaragua 2 years before taking time to explore this area. We were thoroughly impressed! It is a park like area with many interesting historical attractions. It is also situated on the...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • As if it is not enough that the Cathedral has been abandonded by both socialist and libeal governments and may one day succumb to Mother Nature, it is currently surrounded by pro-government propaganda on it's facade despite it beinga witness to some of Managua's most historical events-from revolution to earthquake, if only the walls could speak.
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