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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  • Final resting place of Archbishop Romero, an important figure in El Salvador's history and not-so-distant civil war. Currently the entire plaza is under repairs so main entrance is blocked off. Humble...  more »
  • We visited this church and were impressed with its beauty. It is located right near the National Palace.  more »
  • Beautiful cathedal from inside to outside, within the temple you will also find the Monseñor Romero´s grave!.  more »
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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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