Managua’s new cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral, was built in the early 1990s to replace the Old Cathedral, which had been destroyed in the 1972 earthquake. After years of promising to rebuild the Old Cathedral, officials finally declared it unsafe and built the new cathedral instead. The modern building couldn’t be more different in style than the classic Old Cathedral, and consequently it has inspired some interesting nicknames over the years. One of the most common likens the many domes adorning the roof.
The Metropolitan Cathedral (or Catedral Metropolitana) was designed by a Mexican architect and contains the church bells from the Old Cathedral. The new building is located not far from the Ruben Dario theater, near the Malecón. Mass is here celebrated twice daily.