Perched like a huge white futurist bird north of the Plaza de la Revolución, the Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío (2222 7426, tnrubendario.gob.ni) is Managua’s main cultural venue, hosting foreign and Nicaraguan theatre, dance and opera groups. It’s worth going inside just to see the massive chandeliers, marble floors and stirring view out to the lake from the enormous windows upstairs. There is a small permanent art exhibition in the foyer, and theatre buffs might be interested in a tour, which takes you around otherwise closed parts of the building. South of the theatre is the Monumento a Rubén Darío, a striking sculpted memorial to the famous poet.

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