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“heavy but well worth visiting”

Centro Monsenor Romero
Ranked #23 of 68 things to do in San Salvador
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Manchester
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145 reviews
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“heavy but well worth visiting”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Very intersting, it covers not just Romero but also the 5 Jesuit academics at the UCA murdered by the US backed Salvadorian army, and their houskeeper and daughter who were witnesses. It is abit gruesome, for exmple blod stained clothing, but having studied the works of Ignacio Martín-Baró, one of the 5, it was a necessary visit, and very humbling to see where he fell.
To benefit you need a fair level of Spanish. Ask for a someone to show you around.

Visited April 2012
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Kirtland, Ohio
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“Very Inspirational Place to Visit”
Reviewed March 28, 2012

If you don't know about Oscar Romero this is definitely the place to visit. He is the national hero of El Salvador. It is a very educational, spiritual, and uplifting place to visit. It is hard to believe what actually happened here. It is a real part of the history of the country.

Visited February 2012
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Salem, Oregon
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“Bracing and inspiring history”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

We were visiting El Salvador as part of an International Election observation delegation. I knew some of the history of El Salvador. This center filled in many of the gaps in my knowledge. It was quite bracing to stand at the rose garden where 7 Jesuit priests had been hauled out of their rooms by members of the military and shot in their heads. The center chronicles the assassinations of priests and nuns during the civil war that ended in 1992. Clothes that were worn by the 7 priests on the night they were murdered are displayed, along with many artifacts from their lives. Visit the chapel next door to see some stunning pieces of art that dramatize the torture of civilians that occurred during the civil war. Now, 20 years later, we observed the peaceful transfer of power in municipal and national legislative elections. El Salvador has come a long way, but the Romero Center reminds us that there never has been a full reconciliation. The pain remains. I saw much to hope for in the tremendous participation of young people in the electoral process. Young people staffed the election tables and were observers representing all political parties.

Visited March 2012
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