Catedral Metropolitana, San Salvador

#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in El Salvador
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Catedral Metropolitana and many more San Salvador attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's San Salvador online trip planner.
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  • Architecturally the structure is not astounding. There was a mural by a noted artist that was removed by the current archbishop so the façade is even less notable. Still, the main church is located...  more »
  • Located in the main downtown area, this is a lovely little cathedral. Probably need all but 30 minutes here, max.  more »
  • Old church with the bronze tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero in the basement. Very interesting story about his life and how he was helping the people of El Salvador. Also how he was murdered on the front steps of a church. Be warned there are some graphic photos of his murder.
  • All was nice. Note that at least on Saturdays the church is closed between x time around noon and only reopens at 4 pm. Also if you go by Uber you cannot take an Uber back from downtown area.

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