Iglesia El Rosario, San Salvador

#1 of 17 in Historic Sites in El Salvador
Must see · Church · Tourist Spot
Pay a visit to Iglesia El Rosario, a modern church and landmark of San Salvador. Built in 1971 by notable local sculptor Ruben Martinez, the church has a simple concrete and red-brick exterior that belies its striking interior. Wander inside to see an arching ceiling of stained glass, filtering natural light into a rainbow of colors. Whether you're religious or not, you can appreciate the artistic beauty of the church, which features an eclectic metal and stone rendition of the twelve stages of the cross. Padre Delgado, known as the leader of the Salvadoran independence movement, is buried here. Using our international travel planner, San Salvador attractions like Iglesia El Rosario can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Wow, this place is so cool. It's the most unusual church I've ever been in...Definitely a highlight in San Salvador!  more »
  • This was the first stop of our city tour of San Salvador. From the outside it looks like anything but a church. The curvature of the structure with the colored glass is mesmerizing to see with the...  more »
  • This was a really unique experience. Really beautiful church. The windows are beautiful but so is the stations of the Cross. Try to come at sunrise or sunset if possible. Also, be aware that they don't like guests, especially women, wearing shorts. I know this is normal when on vacation in 95 degrees plus weather but they make you wear a wrap if they think it's too short. Also, there's no AC in the church.
  • This place is weird. Looks like a dusty abandoned thing but it’s one of the most important churches in central America and it has a lot of story behind it like the architect was rejected by locals bishops then he went to Rome and got the green light directly from the pope or so. Anyway, 1,5$ fee to enter, quite outrageous, and then it takes 2 to 5 minutes to explore all.

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