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La Catedral Vieja - Historical Building Managua - Nicaragua

La Catedral Vieja is arguably the most vivid and poignant reminder of the devastation wrecked on Nicaragua’s capital in 1972. The church, once known as La Iglesia Catedral Santiago de Los Caballeros, survived a massive 6.8 earthquake in 1931, only to succumb 41 years later to a quake that measured 7.9 on the Richter scale. Much of the interior collapsed and, during the subsequent years of war and turmoil, the cathedral was never restored. By the early 1990s, the grand old church had been replaced by the modern Catedral Nueva. In 2009, experts were in the process of reinforcing the Catedral Vieja’s delicate adobe structure with concrete, but there were no plans to open the interior to the public. The cathedral’s neoclassic frame is impressive (even if you can only stand outside it), serving as a stark monument to the crumbled glory of Managua’s former center.

Managua, Nicaragua

Historical Building

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

Here are other activities in and around Managua that may be of interest: La Catedral Nueva, Casa Presidential, La Concha Acustica , El Centro Cultural Managua and Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío.

By Rachael Hanley
A sometime newspaper journalist with a heavy side of wanderlust, Rachael moved to Quito in November to work on the V!VA staff. She is currently...
11 Jun 2009

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