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Address: 6a Avenida | Parque Libertad, San Salvador, El Salvador
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Gives new meaning to the old saying "Never judge a book by it's cover"

There have been only a handful of moments in my life when I have been genuinely surprised by something. This is one of them! Pulling up to the Rosary Church and its shabby... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

There have been only a handful of moments in my life when I have been genuinely surprised by something. This is one of them! Pulling up to the Rosary Church and its shabby exterior, the first thing I said to myself was "I came all the way to the crowded and polluted center of San Salvador for this?!" How wrong... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

the stained glass windows let in the most beautiful hues of the rainbow. I was told that the artist didn't have money or a budget to créate the stations of the cross so they aré madre from scrap steel from other civic projects and concrete. Meaningfully simple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We stopped here as part of a day long tour of San Salvador. From the outside, we weren't sure what the building actually was-- but when we entered, it was so beautiful and unique! The stained glass, the rounded and arched structure --- and the art inside created with salvaged materials was very unique!! We were glad to have stopped... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We visited this church about 4pm - light was coming in the stain glass from the west - beautiful. As others have said, it would be hard to find an uglier looking building. It reminds one of a very old railway station that had seen much better days. We were told by the city guide that the priest wanted to... More 

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Poway, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The style is modern. The architect sought a unique feeling and he achieved it, although the church does not feel very inspiring. The windows are dramatic but the concrete interior has not aged well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Similar to the cathedral in Rio in that it looks nothing from the outside but the stained glass produces a good effect inside. Nowhere near as good a Rio though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Ugly on the outside but really beautiful on the inside. Has beautiful lighting from the colored windows. Beautiful art inside as well. Definitely worth seeing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Iglesia El Rosario is very plain on the outside, but very beautiful on the inside with light streaming thru really beautiful stained glass windows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Well what a surprise! The building is seriously ugly from the outside, with stained concrete. But once inside it is absolutely magnificent and a beautiful haven in a noisy, dusty, but perfectly safe and friendly city centre. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Our timing was off, but our tour guide made special arrangements to visit this beautiful church, and I am so pleased that he did! It is awe inspiring! So impressed with the fifteen stations of the cross--attached three photos to inspire my reader to be sure to go to see it yourself!

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