Catedral Metropolitana
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  • Kaiser_D
    Houston, Texas445 contributions
    Local Landmark_DvB
    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 close to other landmarks, does not have an admission fee, is peaceful, and has historical significance. Whether you visit to admire the interior murals or spend time in the cool, peaceful environment to meditate and pray, it is a must-visit site. Be sure to research the location and related occurrences prior to visiting to maximize the experience.
    Written September 5, 2021
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia5,804 contributions
    First Attraction I visited in San Salvador
    Located about 500 feet away from my hotel, I visited after checking in.Facing it is a park with the statue of Barrios, San Salvador signage and some Christmas. The altar is beautiful. Behind it are paintings depicting the life of Jesus.. There are also two huge paintings of Cardinal Romero. stained glass windows, etc. Note that on both sides of the main altar, are two other altars with religous statues. Highly recommended to visit!
    Traveled solo
    Written December 14, 2022
  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,332 contributions
    Enormous Cathedral
    This enormous cathedral is located directly off Plaza Barrios. It’s free to enter and has two levels. The lower level is the crypt and contains the remains of notable individuals and a tribute to Monsenor Romero, a priest who was brutally assassinated in the early days of the civil war (1980) for criticising the government. The second level is the church proper which features a massive dome, not too dissimilar to that of St Peters. The architecture is impressive, even compared with cathedrals/churches in the rest of Central America. A must visit while in downtown El Salvador.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2022
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murali8121
Kochi (Cochin), India790 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Though not as imposing as cathedrals in Other places, its a nice calm place to spend some time. This was first constructed in1842 which got demolished in an earthquake in 1873. It was built again by 1888. Once again it was damaged in 1951. The third time it was opened again in 1999 March. A tiled mural facade which was done then got stripped off in 2012.
Written January 26, 2020
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56003Richard
Houston, TX350 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Just another church out of the hundreds that I have seen in my life. But of course you have to see it because not much else to see in SS. It is a magnificent structure and the inside is very nice also. Close to all the other major sites in el centro so make sure you stop by.
Written February 23, 2020
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,499 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
This was definitely one of my favorite building in all of San Salvador. The architectural design is flawless, both inside and outside. I loved the memorial to Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was brutally killed back in 1980, and became a hero of this small nation. Just beautiful at every corner, especially the painted dome!
Written December 4, 2020
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY959 contributions
Jun 2021
Located in the main downtown area, this is a lovely little cathedral. Probably need all but 30 minutes here, max.
Written June 4, 2021
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mikebrownnz
Cardiff, UK1,082 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
From the outside this is an interesting building and on the inside it is both an oasis of calm from the city centre hustle and bustle and a beautifully decorated altar and side chapels.

I am not religious but I found this both a beautiful and calming place.
Written March 7, 2020
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Hockeymom54
San Jose, CA30 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
Final resting place of Archbishop Romero, an important figure in El Salvador's history and not-so-distant civil war. Currently the entire plaza is under repairs so main entrance is blocked off. Humble but affecting interior.
Written May 5, 2017
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miamijhp
Miami, FL110 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
The most important part of this Cathedral is the memorial to Archbishop Oscar Romero. You can learn about him visiting the crypt. The Cathedral itself is simple but like I said before the importance is in Romero’s actions that show part of recent El Salvador’s history.
Written September 20, 2014
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jgb10011
Miami, FL71 contributions
Jan 2014 • Solo
Other reviews will tell better story. Of the four churches I combined into my historic central city morning, this was the least special, even though it is the largest and most significant. Not worth a trip to see it as a stand-alone, but a must if you combine it with everything else within a 10 minute easy walk.
Written January 22, 2014
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Tania S
9 contributions
May 2013
If you can skip this "land mark" please do it, unless you go with a couples of bodyguards...... not a very safe -clean area to be walking around, even more if you are a tourist.
Written May 6, 2013
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA1,635 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
It’s not as unique as the Rosario Church but this one is also very good. Saint Romero is buried in the basement. The sanctuary is on the main floor and is very impressive.
Written January 25, 2023
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