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Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel

Address: Final Calle Toluca y Avenida Rocio | Colonia Miramonte, San Salvador, El Salvador
Phone Number: (503) 2261-1286
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Ranked #4 of 23 Attractions in San Salvador
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: This was the hospital where Archbishop Oscar Romero took up humble residence, and conducted...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: This was the hospital where Archbishop Oscar Romero took up humble residence, and conducted services in the chapel. He was assassinated here.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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76 reviews 76 reviews
38 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We visited as part of a city tour. I'm so glad that I was able to see this small museum comprising his small house and garden, together with the chapel where he was assassinated. The Hospital Divina Providencia is run by the Carmelite Sisters. If the Romero residence appears closed, ask someone at the chapel for help; I'm told they... More 

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I stopped over in San Salvador mainly to visit the chapel, i was not disappointed! The chapel and the living quarter of Fr Romero were just too peaceful, it is humbling to see the simple room where he lived and wrote. Ring the bell if center door is closed, go to the small office in the back of the chapel... More 

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michigan
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It Took us a while to find this place and when we got there it was late& getting ready to close but the nun that was working allowed us to go in & Wow am I glad. This is the where Monseñor Romero lived. It was such valuable history. This was a short trip but definitely one of the ones... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

To be in San Salvador is to learn of Monseñor Romero. This is the hospice that he made his home. It is still run by the order of nuns that tended to the ill and gave him housing in a room behind the altar until they could build him a a small house on the grounds. It is also the... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The chapel is a free-standing modern building in the grounds of a hospice for terminally ill cancer patients. Archbishop Oscar Romero chose to live there in a very small simple building, and would regularly celebrate Mass in that chapel. When he gave a homily during Mass in which he criticized the right-wing government, a sharpshooter appeared at the open door... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I wanted to see the actual place where Romero gave his last homily. His living quarters are there too, very simple living

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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

I have visited this chapel which is part of the Romero Center several times. The chapel is the site of the assination of Msr. Oscar Romero, which is the event officially associated with the start of the civil war in El Salvador in 1980. The chapel and grounds are beautifully maintained. The chapel is quiet and peaceful and appropriate for... More 

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This is really a special place not only for religious people. Here you can see the simple bare rooms where Monsenor Romero spent is last years and understand the full spiritual teaching of his life dedicated to the poor. All the visitors I took there were deeply moved by the visit to the Chapel and the small museum

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

My motivation in visiting El Salvador and this shrine was fostered by an Oliver Stone film SALVADOR....in that, the rise to power (with US money, training and support of the right wing anti-Communist local military) and a local Catholic church which had started to focus on the poor, the landless, the powerless after having supported the ruling classes for centuries..drew... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

This hospital is a central place to visit to understand the role of Archbishop Oscar Romero in the hearts of the Salvadoran people. The civil war lasted from 1980 until the peace treaty of 1992. Archbishop Romero became a tireless advocate for the poor, and for social and economic justice. His decision to reside at the Hospital Divina Providencia was... More 

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