Catedral Metropolitana, San Salvador

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Religious Site
The final resting place of assassinated archbishop Oscar Romero, Catedral Metropolitana has a colorful history hiding behind its towering white facade. The principal church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Salvador, the cathedral was completed and inaugurated after years of construction in 1999, built on the previous site of the Temple of Santo Domingo. Read up on your history before visiting, as the white simplistic architecture only hints at the building's eventful past. In 1980, a shooting and subsequent stampede at the cathedral during archbishop Romero's funeral shocked the nation. More recent controversy involved the removal of the famous and much loved mural that once adorned its entrance, by the then Archbishop of San Salvador. Arrange your visit to Catedral Metropolitana and discover more family-friendly attractions in San Salvador using our San Salvador trip generator.
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  • It is important to know this church to learn about the history of El Salvador. It is a suffering Church, was burnt down and then was an important protagonist of the civil war in the 1980s. In this church are the remains of Archbishop Romero, and it is for this reason that tourists from around the world arrive daily. To reach the tomb of Bishop should leave the Church and find the basement. We must take advantage of the proximity to also learn about the Palace and national theatre as well as the fabulous Church El Rosario, with an architecture that will get them to sigh.
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  • It's a nice large super church I love that place is a peace, their designs are very nice
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  • Beautiful building and the tomb of Oscar Romero is certainly worth a visit. There are lots of churches in Salvador but this is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful!
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