Colonia Flor Blanca Walk, San Salvador

Colonia Flor Blanca Walk (Self Guided), San Salvador

Colonia Flor Blanca, one of the oldest areas of San Salvador, preserves architectural legacy of the Salvadoran capital established during its heyday in the middle of the 20th century. Alongside impressive residences reflecting neo-colonial and international styles, there are a number of churches and other attractions worth visiting while in the city. To learn more about San Salvador's most distinguished district, follow this orientation walk.
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Colonia Flor Blanca Walk Map

Guide Name: Colonia Flor Blanca Walk
Guide Location: El Salvador » San Salvador (See other walking tours in San Salvador)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza Gerardo Barrios (Gerardo Barrios Square)
  • Iglesia El Rosario (The Rosary Church)
  • Church of the Body of Christ in El Salvador
  • Teatro Nacional (National Theatre)
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Calle Arce (Arce Street)
  • Somasca El Calvario Church
  • Basilica Sagrado Corazon
  • Children's Museum "Tin Marin"
  • Parque Cuscatlan (Cuscatlan Park)
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Plaza Gerardo Barrios (Gerardo Barrios Square)

1) Plaza Gerardo Barrios (Gerardo Barrios Square) (must see)

La Gerardo Barrios Square is an important landmark in the city. It is a place where many historical events occurred and it continues to be a site for events today. The funerals of important figures in El Salvador, such as Oscar Romero, took place here, along with the end to the Civil War in 1992. Today it serves as a site for public concerts, exhibitions, celebrations of the patron saint of San Salvador and different Masses and parades. It was designed by two brothers, Antonio and Carlos Ezeta, and has a statue of Gerardo Barrios. It is surrounded by noteworthy buildings like the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace.
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Iglesia El Rosario (The Rosary Church)

2) Iglesia El Rosario (The Rosary Church) (must see)

The Rosary Church was finished in 1971. Though it is located very close to the city's main cathedral, this church is worth a visit due to its uniqueness and beauty. The architect of this church is Ruben Martinez, who is from El Salvador. One of the most attractive points of the architecture of this church are its windows and interior lights that create a special atmosphere of peace and silence for praying and meditation. It is one of the last churches built in El Salvador that has elements of the European style. Another interesting element of the church is the iron sculpture of Christ on the cross at the altar.
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Church of the Body of Christ in El Salvador

3) Church of the Body of Christ in El Salvador

Church of the Body of Christ in El Salvador is a church that transmits and reveals the Gods wishes and sayings through the Holy Spirit and the words that are very important and semnificative for the population. The central church was established in 2001 but required its legal status in 1995. It represents also a congregation of Hispanic churches of this kind. The Lord Jesus words are taken very seriously because it represents the witness of God.
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Teatro Nacional (National Theatre)

4) Teatro Nacional (National Theatre) (must see)

The National Theatre of El Salvador is the oldest theatre in Central America. It began construction on November 3, 1911, by the French architect Daniel Beylard; and inaugurated March 1, 1917. The theatre is of French Renaissance style with modern touches. It was decorated by the Italian architect Lucio Capellaro, and its Great Hall is one of the most beautiful and elegant in Central America. After 59 years of constant activity, in 1976, a process of remodeling was begun. Funds were provided by the Salvadoran government.

Multiple architectural styles were enriched in the fusion of the construction of the National Theatre including: Versailles Style, Rococo, Romanticism, and Art Nouveau, with regional touches. Some of the furniture was elaborated in the shop of the theatre, the rest of the furniture, rugs, carpets, armchairs, and lecterns, were imported from the United States.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
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Metropolitan Cathedral

5) Metropolitan Cathedral (must see)

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Savior is the principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Salvador and the seat of the Archbishop of San Salvador. The church was twice visited by Pope John Paul II who said that the cathedral was "intimately allied with the joys and hopes of the Salvadoran people". The Cathedral site is the place where the old Temple of Santo Domingo once stood. An even greater toll was exacted on Palm Sunday, March 31, 1980, during the funeral of Archbishop Romero, when 44 people were killed during a stampede after some elements, fired on worshipers and on Romero's funeral cortege. Later, the square in front of the Cathedral was the site of rapturous celebrations after the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords that ended the Salvadoran Civil War in 1992. The Cathedral was completed and inaugurated on March 19, 1999 and finished off with a festive tiled facade by the Salvadoran master Fernando Llort.

The festive and colorful facade borders a shrine to an image of the Divine Saviour of the World sculpted by Friar Francisco Silvestre García in 1777. The main altar features an image of the Divine Saviour donated by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1546. The image rests on a four-column baldacchino surrounded by images of the prophets Moses and Elijah, who take part in the Transfiguration story. The main altar is surrounded by eight large paintings showing scenes from the life of Christ painted by Andrés García Ibáñez. Above it all stands the bright Churriguresque cupola.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
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Calle Arce (Arce Street)

6) Calle Arce (Arce Street)

Arce Street (named after General Jose Manuel Arce, first president of the Federal Republic of Central America) is a major street in San Salvador. Mayor Norman Quijano inaugurated the first phase of its redevelopment near the Plaza de la Salud, which focuses on improvements to the sidewalks between 21st and 19th Avenida Norte. Twelve antique lights, originally from Spain and dating from 1900, will be installed, along with six benches and forty trees.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
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Somasca El Calvario Church

7) Somasca El Calvario Church (must see)

Somasca El Calvario Church dates from the seventeenth century when it measured 16 yards and was built from metal and lime. Its location was considered the edge of town at that time. In 1854 was destroyed in a earthquake and later restored. The main material used during the restoration was wood which was consumed by a fire in 1908. After a period of time a real church was constructed, beautiful and concrete, that was built by known architects from Italy and Spain in Gothic style. It is an important model of churches in San Salvador due to its beauty and importance in the development of church architecture.
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Basilica Sagrado Corazon

8) Basilica Sagrado Corazon

Basilica Sagrado Corazon dates from the last century. It is known as the most beautiful religious building in the country. Construction materials used were wood and metal because they were very popular during that period. The church's construction took two decades. It sustained five earthquakes from the time of its construction until 2001, and due to that it was restored several times. In 1989 it was the main church in the city because the main cathedral was in a period of reconstruction at that time.
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Children's Museum "Tin Marin"

9) Children's Museum "Tin Marin" (must see)

Children's Museum "Tin Marin" is an interesting place for children. It is a learning and fun center that is divided into four areas: health, technology, culture and environment. It is a place where kids can admire exhibits related to these four areas. They can explore and learn first-hand, practice balance in the gravity house, make paper, and paint something. There is also a recreation place and a small café where kids can relax and eat something in order to have energy for other activities. Entering without children is not allowed.
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Parque Cuscatlan (Cuscatlan Park)

10) Parque Cuscatlan (Cuscatlan Park)

Cuscatlan Park is a nice park where everyone can spend time in a relaxing atmosphere. Due to its location it is one of the most popular places for relaxing. Important and attractive locations are around and inside the park, like the Monumento a la Memoria y la Verdad that is inside. The monument is a wall of 85 meters, made from granite, with all the names written in black. It opened in 2003 when a committee for civil victims decided to open it in order to commemorate the people that were killed during the 1970s. In addition, near the park is the Tin Martins Museum. The Sala Nacional de Exposiciones that presents exhibitions of contemporary art is also in close proximity.

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