Catedral Metropolitana, San Salvador

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#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in El Salvador
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Catedral Metropolitana and many more San Salvador attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's San Salvador online trip planner .
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  • This cathedral is absolutely stunning on both the inside and outside. The interior had beautiful stained glade windows and a lovely interior with paintings, chandeliers, and holy figures. My family an...  more »
  • A huge Cathedral, with the style is basilica and a very large central nave. Note: the image that appears here is old and not corresponding to the real and current. I uploaded a picture of me now. The tabernacle is very beautiful. It has an underground with a chapel and the tomb of the canonized priest. The Chapel is beautiful and invites to prayer. For parking, I recommend to do so beside the Church of the Rosary, close (2 blocks away).
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  • Outside than usual, this Cathedral has an altarpiece decorated the altar, there are interesting paintings. Also downstairs are the graves of various religious, but mainly it is the tomb of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero.
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  • A very nice and great history place. Despite the passage of years still retains its beauty and the details that make it so highly-prized by many people. It keeps many stories and anecdotes very interesting for some and great shock for others
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  • It is the main Cathedral of El Salvador, majestic work where you can appreciate the architecture with its imposing style.
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