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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, an anthropology museum, and colorful cultural and religious celebrations like Holy Week are among the many reasons visitors to El Salvador enjoy the country’s cultural heritage. While some of the sites are sobering commemorations of the civil war, many are inspiring reminders of the endurance of indigenous civilizations and their influence on the modern day.
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San Salvador, El Salvador
This art gallery, established in the 1970s, describes itself as the first gallery in El Salvador to feature international artists. While it also shows the work of Salvadoran artists, its inventory includes works by Latin American masters like...
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Km 32, Carr San Juan Opico - Agua Escondida, El Salvador
This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of El Salvador’s significant pre-Hispanic sites, discovered in 1976 during a construction project and excavated beginning in 1989. Compared by UNESCO to Pompeii, the Joya de Cerén community was buried by a...
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Avenida De La Revolucion, San Salvador, El Salvador
Archaeology, history, and ethnography are the three principal topics of this museum, which was created by executive order in 1883. Five permanent galleries and three salons for temporary exhibits present the sweep of Salvadoran history, from the...
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San Salvador, El Salvador
The relatively small chapel at the Hospital of Divine Providence was the site where Óscar Romero was assassinated while offering Mass on March 24, 1980. Even before his 2015 beatification, pilgrims came in a steady stream to this now historic...
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Alameda Franklin Delano Roosevelt, San Salvador, El Salvador
Located in a square by the same name (Plaza El Salvador del Mundo/The Savior of the World Plaza), this monument, installed in 1942, depicts Jesus standing atop a globe, is an iconic image in El Salvador’s capital city, San Salvador. Note that the...
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CA 1W, San Salvador, El Salvador
Like most Latin American countries, El Salvador celebrates a number of religious, cultural, and political holidays throughout the year, but Semana Santa, or Holy Week, tends to be the grandest of them all. Of particular note are gigantic, gorgeous...
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San Salvador, El Salvador
Beatified by Pope Francis in 2015, Romero is El Salvador's first saintand, for many Salvadorans, their late but no less great national hero. Romero was a Salvadoran Catholic priest and archbishop who dared to speak out against persecution during...