Just south of the malecón is the Plaza de la Fe San Juan Pablo II, a large square whose central obelisk commemorates Pope John Paul II’s two visits to Nicaragua. At its lake end sits the Concha Acústica or “acoustic shell” statue (resembling a large white wave), which serves as a stage for concerts and shows. The plaza is rarely busy and is one of the fiercest suntraps in the city, though it looks better at night when floodlighting adds some definition to its vast expanse.

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