Managua Cathedral

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For the old cathedral of this city, see Old Cathedral of Managua.
Managua Cathedral
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción de María
The Managua Cathedral's principal entrance seen in the left side.
Managua Cathedral is located in Nicaragua
Managua Cathedral
Managua Cathedral
Location in Nicaragua
12°07′58″N 86°15′57″W / 12.132687°N 86.265853°W / 12.132687; -86.265853Coordinates: 12°07′58″N 86°15′57″W / 12.132687°N 86.265853°W / 12.132687; -86.265853
Location Managua
Country Nicaragua
Denomination Catholic Church
Website Managua Cathedral Website
History
Founded 1991
Founder(s) Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo S.D.B.
Dedication Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Consecrated September 4, 1993
Past bishop(s) Miguel Obando y Bravo S.D.B. (1993-2005)
Architecture
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Ricardo Legorreta
Architectural type Cathedral
Style Eclectic, Romanesque and Arabic
Completed August, 1993 (present Cathedral)
Construction cost USD 4.5 Million
Specifications
Number of domes 63
Administration
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Managua
Province Ecclesiastical Province of Nicaragua
Clergy
Archbishop Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes
Vicar(s)

Pbro. Rodolfo José López Salazar

Pbro. Carlos Handall
Rector Pbro. Julio de los Santos Dávila

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción de María), referred to as the New Cathedral (La Nueva Catedral), is located in Managua, Nicaragua. It was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Maria.

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Construction began in 1991 in substitution of the Old Cathedral of Managua or Cathedral of Santiago. The old cathedral was damaged and thought to be unrestoreable after a 1972 earthquake that destroyed 90% of the city.[1]

The cathedral was designed by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. Construction to build the cathedral began around August 1991 and it was inaugurated on September 4, 1993. The cost of the newly built cathedral was estimated at $4.5 million.[2] The new cathedral has created much controversy, particularly about its architectural style and finance.[3] The costs were covered partially thanks to the help of American Tom Monaghan, owner of Domino's Pizza.[4] Locals refer to it as La Chichona on account of the plethora of cupolas adorning it like so many "chiches" (Spanish: slang for breasts).

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