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|The capital of Nicaragua since 1852, is your
entry point to the country. In the Nahuatl language Managua means "place where there
is an extension of water." This name perfectly describes the capital of Nicaragua
which lies to the South of the impressive Lake Managua.
The city is surrounded by several beautiful lagoons of volcanic origin, such as Asososca, Xiloa mand Apoyeque. The Tiscapa Lagoon is located in the center of the city.
To the east of the Plaza of the Repiblic stands the ruins of the Metropolitan Cathedral, constructed in Baroque style with two beautiful towers and a central dome. The Cathedral at one time was the tallest building in Managua. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1972, it still possesses its architectural beauty.
To the south of the Plaza stands the Cultural Palace which previously served as the Naitonal Palace and the seat of Congress. Today the Palace houses the National Library, the National Museum, the Public Periodicals Library and other cultural institutions.
The Central Park lies to the west and the Presidential Palace to the north.
The Musical Fountain, an audio-visual monument, adorns the center of the Plaza.
The Malecon follows the shores of Lake Managua, perfect for s stroll to view the sights of Lake Managua.
Also of interest in Managua:
The airport: Is located at 7 miles (11 km) from downtown.