Nicaragua — Managua (New Cathedral)

Managua is home to two very different cathedrals. Its old cathedral was the first cathedral in the Western Hemisphere to be built entirely of concrete on a metal frame. It was extremely damaged during the 1972 Earthquake, which led to the construction of the new Cathedral of the Conception to the southeast. The new cathedral, inaugurated in 1993, generated controversy among tourists and locals because of its bland and dull appearance. Critics pointed to the fact that a building whose intention was to serve as a place of worship was expected to have some sort of vibrant color, though eventually the church’s concrete and gray surface became accepted and Catholic pilgrims began to embrace the church as it is.

Photos taken March 2015 (Nikon D7000).

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