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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  • Very few old cathedrals in this decayed state exist around the world. It’s a shame this one is roped off to stop visitors but that must now be for safety’s sake. Worth a look if you are in the area. 
    Very few old cathedrals in this decayed state exist around the world. It’s a shame this one is roped off to stop visitors but that must now be for safety’s sake. Worth a look if you are in the area.  more »
  • The Antigua Catedral or "old cathedral" is a beautiful piece of architecture in the heart of Managua. The structure is only to be observed from afar, as you are unable to go inside due to the aging.....  more
    The Antigua Catedral or "old cathedral" is a beautiful piece of architecture in the heart of Managua. The structure is only to be observed from afar, as you are unable to go inside due to the aging.....  more »
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  • Amazing building. I just wish that they’d repair this building. It was sad to see it in such a state of disrepair from the earthquake.
  • This is a beautifully designed cathedral. Apart from being very old, it has a great architecture. Also, this building is surrounded by other nice like the National Palace.

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