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San Salvador is the capital city of El Salvador and of San Salvador Department. It is the country's political, cultural, educational and financial center. The city has a long history that dates back to the Spanish conquest of the Pipil tribes in sixteenth century. San Salvador is culturally affluent city and the same is visible in its prolific examples of architecture. The Metropolitan Cathedral was built in the 1950s and is a stellar combination of Baroque and Eclectic styles of architecture. The National Palace, built in 1905 AD, is a unique mix of Gothic, Neoclassical and Renaissance Revival architecture. The National Theater, which is the oldest theater in Central America since 1917 AD, is built in French Renaissance Revival style with some elements pertaining to the Rococo, Romantic and Art Nouveau architectural styles.
Places of Interest in San Salvador
Museum of Art of El Salvador
The Museum of Art of El Salvador is located in San Salvador and is the most famous art museum in the capital city. It has a vast collection of artworks from the mid-nineteenth century up to the contemporary times. The highlight of the collection is the masterpieces of eminent artists like Rosa Mena Valenzuela and Jose Mejia Vides. Besides, the Museum of Art of El Salvador has also received multiple pieces of artworks from various internationally renowned artists like Picasso, Rembrandt and Joan Miro.
Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo (or Monument to the Divine Savior of the World)
Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo (or Monument to the Divine Savior of the World) is a monument located in San Salvador City, El Salvador. It consists of a statue of Jesus Christ standing on top of a large sphere that denotes Earth. More than just a prominent landmark, Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo is a unique aspect of the cultural identity of the country. It was built in 1942 AD on a pedestal originally used to decorate the tomb of Manuel Enrique Araujo, a former President of El Salvador during the second decade of twentieth century. The iconic statue of Christ on the sphere is now a part of the Monument of Divino Salvador del Mundo (The Savior of the World Plaza).
Plaza Libertad is where the Monumento de los Héroes or the Monument to the Heroes is located. It is essentially a commemoration of the centenary of the ‘First Cry of Independence’ of 1811 AD. This monument was designed by Francisco Durini Cáseres and was installed in 1911 AD. A highlight of this prominent tourist attraction is that it is crowned by the ‘Angel of Freedom’ who is holding a laurel wreath in her hands. Plaza Libetad is also flanked by two ornate buildings- the Portal la Dalia and the Portal de Occidente that were constructed a hundred years ago.