Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua
In 1972, the City of Managua was destroyed by an earthquake, including its cathedral. The new cathedral is located at the top of the city on an area of 120000 m2. The cathedral did not only replace the old one, it was to be the new centre of Managua. The design philosophy is the kind in which the Catholic contemporary community has gone from a passive to an active engagement with the Church authorities. The physical distance and the integration of architecture of the altar with the priests stems from this concept and for this reason the dome is located at the top center of the congregation. More monumental than ostentatious, the design gives the solemnity the Cathedral needed. Only in this way, when the man is alone in small groups or in the middle of a big celebration, you can be at peace and feel joy. The 63 domes provide natural light and ventilation sources (text from architect's website).