Top Religious Sites, Part 2 (Self Guided), San Salvador

Many of San Salvador's churches were destroyed during the nation's civil war, but some of them were restored and continue serving their faithful attendants. Many of them needed serious restorations, and due to that some original architectural elements disappeared. However, the churches are still worth visiting. Be sure to see some of these churches from the western part of the city that are greatly important to the history of this city.
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Top Religious Sites, Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Sites, Part 2
Guide Location: El Salvador » San Salvador (See other walking tours in San Salvador)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 Km or 5.3 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Iglesia Santos Niños Inocentes
  • Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
  • Templo Mormon
  • Parroquia El Carmen
  • Tabernaculo Amigos de Israel
  • San Jose de la Montana
  • Capilla La Divina Providencia
Iglesia Santos Niños Inocentes

1) Iglesia Santos Niños Inocentes

Iglesia Santos Niños Inocentes is a church dedicated to all the innocent children who died according to the biblical story of when King Herod heard that a new king was born. This celebration is held on the 28th of December and many families bring their newborns in order to protect them from all negative things and danger. The church organizes a four day festival that celebrates with religious music, services and praying for the infants killed.
Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

2) Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Basílica Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is located in a quiet part of the city, where silence and a relaxing atmosphere appropriate for a church are predominant. It has in its grand structure elements of Spanish Baroque style. The interior is characterized as being simple and very attractive due to the main colors of white and black. Ornate and designed chapels and tiles are in both colors. This church is exceptionally beautiful; it was isolated away from the action of the civil war when many of the city's churches were destroyed. This church has maintained its air of history.
Templo Mormon

3) Templo Mormon

Templo Mormon was the first temple in El Salvador. It has three stories and its attendance ceremony was held in 2008. It is also the fourth temple built in Central America. It is surrounded by sacred buildings and a green area that makes it a relaxing place for rest and contemplation about life. The temple is not finished yet but it is already an important attraction for the city and its people. Locals as well as tourists are intrigued by its beauty and unique status.
Parroquia El Carmen

4) Parroquia El Carmen

Parroquia El Carmen is a church designed by architect Ruben Martinez, who is known for other important works like the Peace Monument, Plaza Luis Poma, and Monument to the Constitution. The church was built under the command of Colonel Leon Castillo, who promised to the Lady of El Carmen that if she kept him alive after a injury he would build a church for her with her name. In 1856 the church's construction was begun. Due to the civil war, its construction was interrupted and restarted several times. The work took many years but repairing the damage made by an earthquake was the most important.
Tabernaculo Amigos de Israel

5) Tabernaculo Amigos de Israel

Tabernaculo Amigos de Israel began 30 years ago when a group of people wanted to study the Bible. All of these people invited more and more people, and the group continued to grow. For their services they needed more room, so they decided to build a church with the name of Tabernaculo Amigos de Israel. Now the space they needed for their church is completely ready with new buildings. The church's main beliefs are of moral and religious freedom, fraternal coexistence, and the common good.
San Jose de la Montana

6) San Jose de la Montana

San Jose de la Montana is a church is known for its impressive mosaic of Saint Joseph with his adopted son. The architecture attracts visitors with its forms; two towers combined are a bastion of defense. Though it is not finished yet, visitors still enjoy coming. It has four sides and a beautiful garden outside. The fresh mountain air wafts through the large windows of the church and forms a mixed aroma of fresh air and candles that offers people the chance to relax, think and pray in peace.
Capilla La Divina Providencia

7) Capilla La Divina Providencia (must see)

Capilla la Divina Providencia is an active chapel. The main service is performed for Monseñor Romero, who was murdered during the mass service. Romero's bedroom is preserved and can be admired by visitors. In 1997 Pope John Paul II gave the name and title of Servant of God to Romero through the process of canonization into sainthood, and this place became more known and important.

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