Catedral Metropolitana, San Salvador

3.6
#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in El Salvador
Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • August 10, 2017
    The Church is beautiful. There were people who received us so we took the tour by ourselves. Near the Cathedral needs more attention in terms of structure and organization. I didn't feel that the area would be a tourist place.
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  • July 31, 2017
    This is not simply a religious temple. It is a monument of the Salvadoran people trapped by the blood which still endures the vile exploitation and marginalization. It is the bulwark of the struggle to unite the Salvadorans in peace-building by way of social justice. To understand to value the fight this people need to strip us of our prejudices and reductionist views.
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  • July 30, 2017
    The Cathedral is beautiful with good architecture and has good maintenance but the surroundings are extremely careless. I hope to rescue this sector of the city.
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  • January 13, 2017
    It is the main Cathedral of El Salvador, majestic work where you can appreciate the architecture with its imposing style.
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