Walking Tour in Central San Salvador (Self Guided), San Salvador

The center of San Salvador is the main cultural, architectural and historical location, full of interesting attractions like plazas, parks, theatres, monuments of historically-important national figures, and other attractions. Take this tour to see and better understand San Salvador's culture and history.
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Walking Tour in Central San Salvador Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour in Central San Salvador
Guide Location: El Salvador » San Salvador (See other walking tours in San Salvador)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Parque Libertad
  • Teatro Nacional
  • Plaza Gerardo Barrios
  • El Palacio Nacional
  • Parque Cuscatlan
  • Estadio Mágico González
  • Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo
  • Plaza Robert Baden Powell
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Parque Libertad

1) Parque Libertad

Parque Libertad is located in the center of the city close to one of the main plazas, Plaza Barrios. It is named Parque Libertad due to the statue of Liberty located in the middle of the park. The monument represents one of the most important events in the country’s formation: the independence of Central America in 1811. It is a convenient place for people who work in the city's center and tourists, because it is a perfect place for walking and spending time in a relaxing atmosphere with your family and friends.
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Teatro Nacional

2) Teatro Nacional (must see)

Teatro Nacional de El Salvador, or 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.

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Plaza Gerardo Barrios

3) Plaza Gerardo Barrios (must see)

La Plaza Gerardo Barrios 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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El Palacio Nacional

4) El Palacio Nacional (must see)

El Palacio Nacional is a center of great historical importance. It was once the seat for the country's government. After earthquakes it was no longer used for this purpose, but it remains an important historical place and now can be visited by tourists. It has an Italian style mixed with neo-Renaissance features taken from Europe. Its interior is very rich and beautiful, with many expensive decorations that earned it its status as a national monument in 1974. It is one of the most representative buildings in the country. It was built in the 20th century and is considered quite a new national monument of great importance.
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Parque Cuscatlan

5) Parque Cuscatlan

Parque Cuscatlán 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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Estadio Mágico González

6) Estadio Mágico González

Estadio Jorge "Mágico" González was formerly known as Estadio Nacional "De la Flor Blanca", referring to the name of the suburb where it is located in San Salvador. It is a football stadium in El Salvador. It is named after Jorge Alberto González. It has a capacity of 32,000.

The stadium was restored in 2001 to host notable sporting events in Latin America, the Central American and Caribbean Games in August 2002.

The Estadio Nacional was constructed in 1932 by Maximiliano Hernández Martínez for the 1935 Central American and Caribbean Games. The name Flor Blanca was named after the location of the stadium. In 2006, 74 years after its construction, the government of President Elías Antonio Saca González, decides to change its name to Estadio Nacional Jorge "Magico " Gonzalez, after the iconic footballer in El Salvador.

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Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo

7) Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo (must see)

Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo is a monument located on Plaza El Salvador del Mundo. It consists of a statue of Jesus Christ standing a globe of planet earth, placed on top of the tall four-sided concrete base pedestal. An illustration of the monument is featured on the reverse of the 200 colón banknote and on the El Salvador license plate.

The monument was built on a pedestal originally used to decorate the tomb of Manuel Enrique Araujo, the President of El Salvador between 1911 and 1913. It was unveiled and presented by Araujo's family on November 26, 1942, in connection to the first National Eucharistic Congress in San Salvador.

It was heavily damaged in the 1986 San Salvador earthquake, but was rebuilt and put back in place months later. The plaza was remodeled and completed in 2010.

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Plaza Robert Baden Powell

8) Plaza Robert Baden Powell

Robert Baden Powell's bust is located in the center of Plaza Robert Powell. It consists of two elements. One is the bust of Powell in a white hat, under which a message is engraved. At back of the busto is the second element, where is engraved a second message along with the sign of scouting and a cross. Around the bust is arranged a small wall as if protecting the whole sculpture. Powell wrote the book “Aids to Scouting” that was used in the army and in boys' schools. His ideas, convictions and advice for boys on how to become true men and patriots of their country were very important. He successfully organized camps with his friends, where boys were taught the most important information on how to become stronger. In 1910 he organized Girl Scouts, a unique movement for that time.

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