On Saturday, December 23, 1972, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit the capital city of Managua, Nicaragua, and destroyed over 90 percent of the buildings. Among the many national treasures that were destroyed was the Catedral de Santiago. Although it is still standing, it was deemed unrestorable and plans for a new central cathedral were made. Finally in 1991, construction for the new cathedral began. It would be called Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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