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Managua Cathedral

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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
3 out of 5
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Crowne Plaza Managua, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Managua, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
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Crowne Plaza Managua, an IHG Hotel
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Casa SAER
Casa SAER
2.5 out of 5
Calle 15 de Septiembre, estatua de Montoya 7 cuadras al norte, Managua, MN
The price is $15 per night from May 22 to May 23
Casa SAER
Hotel Mozonte
Hotel Mozonte
3 out of 5
Residencial Bolonia, PriceSmart 1.5 cuadras al norte, Managua, 10000
The price is $26 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 22
Hotel Mozonte
Crowne Plaza Managua, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Managua, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
101 Octava Calle Sur Oeste, Managua
The price is $87 per night from May 28 to May 29
Crowne Plaza Managua, an IHG Hotel
Hostal Casa Amiga
Hostal Casa Amiga
2 out of 5
Rotonda Plaza Inter, Managua, MN
The price is $36 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Hostal Casa Amiga
HOTEL EURO Nicaragua
HOTEL EURO Nicaragua
2.5 out of 5
Semáforo Plaza Inter 1c Abajo, Managua, Managua, 505
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La Posada del Arcangel
La Posada del Arcangel
2.5 out of 5
1c. al lago, 3c. abajo, 50m al sur, De donde fue el Hospital Militar, Managua, Managua, 12066
The price is $43 per night from May 22 to May 23
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Hotel Morgut
Hotel Morgut
2.5 out of 5
Plaza Inter 1 block West, Cabrera Cinemas 3 blocks East, Managua
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Hotel Mansion Teodolinda
Hotel Mansion Teodolinda
3.5 out of 5
Residencial Bolonia, de INTUR, 1c al sur 1c al oeste, Managua, Managua
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Hotel Brandt Ejecutivo Colonial Los Robles
Hotel Brandt Ejecutivo Colonial Los Robles
3 out of 5
Colonial Los Robles 132, Managua, Managua Department, 14006
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