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Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel
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Full-Day Monsignor Romero City Tour
Ranked #17 of 70 things to do in San Salvador
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Owner description: This was the hospital where Archbishop Oscar Romero took up humble residence, and conducted services in the chapel. He was assassinated here.
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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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 meditation, reflexion and prayer but not for talking and noise. On the same grounds is the home built for Romero which is now a museum and contains items belonging to Romero, including what he was wearing when shot. Tours are given. There is also a hospital on the grounds, which is the only inpatient hospice in the country. I consider a visit to the Romero Center one of the must do things in San Salvador. Check ahead for the hours if you want to tour the house. The side door of the chapel is open all day fad.

2  Thank Eldereaglewatcher
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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

3  Thank 27noor
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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 the ire of these fanatical "saviours" of El Salvador......Archbishop Romero sermons focused on the injustices and outrages carried out against the marginalised, dispossessed the have nots who had dared to band together into workers co-operatives and unions to end their economic exploitation and seek a fairer share of the national wealth..and maybe some redistribution of land....as such they provoked fear into the traditional landowners and politicians...proof that the contagion of Communism had spread from Cuba to Nicaragua and now was growing in El Salvador.

So this humble and yet beautiful chapel is where the Archbishop gave his life for his people, where he shed his blood in sacrifice for his troubled land, while saying Mass and celebrating the Eucharist..he paid the ultimate price but he lived out the Gospel semper fidelis.

5  Thank caboto1961
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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 a statement of his belief that the church leaders should be close to the people. This was a cancer hospital run by the Carmellite nuns. Archbishop Romero occupied a very small living quarters, with 3 small rooms that was very humble and modest. He conducted services at the small chapel on the grounds of the hospital.

It was in this chapel that he was assassinated while conducting a service. It is riveting to look from the road through the open doors of the chapel to the alter. The gunman sat in a car, took one shot with a 22 caliber rifle, using an exploding bullet, and struck the Archbishop right above the heart. When you look down that aisle, about a 60 yard distance, you cannot escape the understanding that his was done by a professional gunman.

The chapel gives humble silent homage to the Archbishop. The living quarters display the vestments he was wearing when he was shot. There are several of his possessions on display, and pictures on the wall that give a sense of the history of the times. A Carmellite sister gives a short talk and answers questions about the hospital and Archbishop Romero's life there.

El Salvador has experienced 20 years of peaceful exchange of power during elections since the peace treaty. Archbishop Romero was one of many priests and nuns assassinated by the military and death squads during this time. His legacy, and their memory live in the hearts of Salvadorans who are trying to build a civil society in the wake of the pain of that war.

Visit this site. It is essential to a full understanding of the history of this small country. Also visit the Centro Oscar Romero in San Salvador, where there is more information and history of the assassinations of religious advocates for justice during that time. 4 priests were shot there.

3  Thank pkrissel
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