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Managua Cathedral (Catedral de Santiago)

Sightsee the ruins of religious statues, chapels and altars at a derelict cathedral in the heart of Managua.

Survey the ruins of the old Managua Cathedral (Catedral de Santiago) and imagine the building in its glory days, before an earthquake brought much of it to the ground.

The Managua Cathedral was designed and made in Belgium and shipped to Managua in the 1920s to be put together. The building survived an earthquake in 1931, shortly after its construction, but was not so fortunate in the colossal quake of 1972. Damaged beyond repair, the church was declared unsafe to enter.

Although visitors are forbidden to go inside, there is still much to see. Gaze up at the main façade with its twin towers and rooftop statue of Jesus Christ that stands above the front entrance. Below it is the pediment with a carved figure of the apostle Santiago brandishing a sword. 

Stroll around the perimeter of the crumbling edifice to view its statues, stonework and tall columns. Look closely to see more evidence of the destructive power of the earthquake. It is there in the cracks in the walls and in the uneven angles of some of the masonry.

The neoclassical cathedral is surrounded by a fence, but unless there has been recent seismic activity, you should be able to get close enough to peer inside. Observe faded murals and paintings, damaged altars and chapels and columns and pillars with chunks missing. Come at night to see the church illuminated.

If you would like to attend a religious service, head a few blocks to the south to the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1991.

The old Managua Cathedral is situated on the east side of the Plaza de la Republica. The square is also home to the Presidential Palace and National Museum, and is on several city bus routes.


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Hotel Mozonte

Hotel Mozonte

Residencial Bolonia, PriceSmart 1.5 cuadras al norte, Managua
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Managua, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Plaza Inter and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Puerto Salvador Allende. Sandino Monument and Loma de Tiscapa National Historical Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    HOTEL EURO Nicaragua
    HOTEL EURO Nicaragua

    HOTEL EURO Nicaragua

    Semáforo Plaza Inter 1c Abajo, Managua, Managua
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Managua, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Plaza Inter and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Puerto Salvador Allende. National Arboretum and Loma de Tiscapa National Historical Park are also within 15 minutes.

      Hotel Morgut
      Hotel Morgut

      Hotel Morgut

      Plaza Inter 1 block West, Cabrera Cinemas 3 blocks East, Managua
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Managua, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Plaza Inter and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Puerto Salvador Allende. National Arboretum and Loma de Tiscapa National Historical Park are also within 15 minutes.

        Hostal Casa Amiga $22
        Hostal Casa Amiga

        Hostal Casa Amiga

        Rotonda Plaza Inter, Managua, MN
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Managua, this hostel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Plaza Inter and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Puerto Salvador Allende. Loma de Tiscapa National Historical Park and National Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.

          Crowne Plaza Managua $76
          Crowne Plaza Managua

          Crowne Plaza Managua

          101 Octava Calle Sur Oeste, Managua
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Managua, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Plaza Inter and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Puerto Salvador Allende. National Arboretum and Loma de Tiscapa National Historical Park are also within 10 minutes.

            Hotel El Conquistador
            Hotel El Conquistador

            Hotel El Conquistador

            Del Banco BDF de Plaza Inter, 1 Cuadra Abajo, Managua
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Managua, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Plaza Inter and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Puerto Salvador Allende. National Arboretum and Loma de Tiscapa National Historical Park are also within 10 minutes.

              Hotel Mansion Teodolinda
              Hotel Mansion Teodolinda

              Hotel Mansion Teodolinda

              Residencial Bolonia, de INTUR, 1c al sur 1c al oeste, Managua, Managua
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Managua, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Plaza Inter and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Puerto Salvador Allende. El Carmen Park and National Arboretum are also within 15 minutes.

                Hotel Brandt Ejecutivo Colonial Los Robles
                Hotel Brandt Ejecutivo Colonial Los Robles

                Hotel Brandt Ejecutivo Colonial Los Robles

                Colonial Los Robles, 132, Managua, Managua (department)
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Managua, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Dennis Martinez National Stadium and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Puerto Salvador Allende. El Carmen Park and Plaza Inter are also within 10 minutes.