Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Managua

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Managua Cathedral
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción de María
The main façade of the cathedral in 2010.
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
Status Cathedral
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)
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
Number of domes 63
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Managua
Province Ecclesiastical Province of Nicaragua
Archbishop Leopoldo José Cardinal Brenes
Rector Pbro. Julio de los Santos Dávila

Pbro. Leonel Alberto Alfaro Pbro. Carlos Handall

Pbro. Ricardo Zamora

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 the Virgin Mary.


The cathedral was built in 1991 to serve as a replacement for the Old Cathedral of Managua or St. James' Cathedral (Catedral de Santiago). The old cathedral was damaged and thought to be unrestoreable after a 1972 earthquake that destroyed 90% of the city.[1]

The new cathedral was designed by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. Construction began around August 1991, and the cathedral was inaugurated on September 4, 1993. The cost of the newly-built cathedral was estimated at $4.5 million.[2] The new cathedral has generated 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 which resemble many chichas (Spanish: slang for "breasts").

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  1. ^ "Deadly history of earthquakes: 23 December 1972". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Catedral Managua: Historia" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Nicaragua Briefs: Obando's New Cathedral Off to a Strange Start". Envío. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  4. ^ "DOMINO'S FOUNDATION Membership, Structure, Finances As a private foundation, Domino's Foun". Retrieved 2012-05-24. 

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