Nicaragua: Tallest Building in Managua

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September
2012

Edificio Asamblea Nacional de Nicaragua (Antiguo Banco de America), Managua (photo: Bernard Gordillo)

In Nicaragua, skyscrapers are few and far in between. Managua once had a number of multi-story structures, yet many were destroyed in the 1972 earthquake or irreparably damaged as a result and had to be torn down.

Today, only one holds the distinction of being called a true skyscraper: the sixteen-floor building of the National Assembly of Nicaragua (formerly known as the Bank of America), whose access is restricted for reasons of security.

Thanks to a generous contact I was able to not only to enter the “Asamblea,” but take the elevator all the way up to the top with an escort at my side.

The sixteenth floor is officially the highest point a visitor is allowed to go, where one can enjoy a very special bird’s eye view of Managua.

There is none other like it.

However, for a lucky few, one can be taken up a series of service stairs, climb a ladder, and literally be on top of the building. If you think the top floor has great views, it pales in comparison to the experience of being on the roof, so to speak.

So, for an hour and a half I took in the 360-degree sights that the capital, lake, and nearby mountains had to offer.

There was so much to contemplate.

And, at the same time, it was exhilarating.

Edificio Asamblea Nacional de Nicaragua (Antiguo Banco de America), Managua (photo: Bernard Gordillo)

[N.B. This is not an official Department of State website or blog. The views and information presented are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State.]

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