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El Rosario Church

Enjoy the natural light show via the colored glass of this architectural oddity, where the father of Central American independence is buried.

El Rosario Church is a spectacular realm of color that stands out as one of the ecclesiastical highlights of the Americas. Its arched roof contains a rainbow of colorful glass that allows light to fill the church. Admire the bright hues that shine on the altar and the redbrick interior wall in this postmodern religious site.

The church’s exterior looks like a bunker or warehouse with an unusual arched shape, offering no clues of the heavenly show of color within. For the best and most vibrant light, visit at sunrise or sunset and admire the way the blues, greens, yellows and reds bounce off the metal and rock of the church’s interior. On one of the walls, the colored glass gives the appearance of a large eye that is visible on sunny days.

Capture photos of the glass windows and enjoy the unobstructed views of the church’s interior, which was constructed without pillars. Among the highlights is the exceptional abstract version of the traditional Stations of the Cross, using only hands and arms to represent Christ. Notice the black-and-white checked floor, which complements the redbrick wall.

Learn about the history of this structure, which still has bullet holes in its concrete façade from the civil war of the 1980s. The so-called father of Central American independence, Padre Delgado, is buried in this church.

The structure was designed by architect Ruben Martinez and completed in 1971. Note that it is open to the public daily from morning until late afternoon and it is free to enter.

El Rosario Church is on the eastern flank of the Plaza Libertad in the historic center of San Salvador. Ride a bus to the stops on the north or south side of the church. Visit nearby attractions, including the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador, the National Theater and the National Palace.

Popular Activities at El Rosario Church

It's worth giving yourself heaps of time at El Rosario Church. Below are the best activities:

When arranging your visit, you may want to consider purchasing a San Salvador Group City Tour and a Layover Tour: San Salvador City Tour & El Boquerón Volcano.

Examine our San Salvador things to do page to discover many more activities in the area.


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Hotel El Palacio CA $40
Hotel El Palacio

Hotel El Palacio

4ta Calle Poniente #125, Edificio Dueñas, San Salvador, San Salvador Department
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from Palacio Nacional and Catedral Metropolitano. National Theater and Metrocentro are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Real InterContinental San Salvador at Metrocentro Mall CA $94
    Real InterContinental San Salvador at Metrocentro Mall

    Real InterContinental San Salvador at Metrocentro Mall

    Blvd. de Los Heroes, San Salvador, SS
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of San Salvador, this luxury hotel is steps from Luis Poma Theater and Metrocentro. National Theater and Estadio Cuscatlan are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Barceló San Salvador CA $82
      Barceló San Salvador

      Barceló San Salvador

      Ave Las Magnolias Y Blvd Del Hipodromo, San Salvador, SS
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Hotel Villa Florencia Centro CA $27
        Hotel Villa Florencia Centro

        Hotel Villa Florencia Centro

        3a Calle Poniente Shafik Handal 1023, San Salvador, SS
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of San Salvador, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cuscatlan Park, National Theater and Metrocentro. Estadio Cuscatlan and Monumento al Salvador del Mundo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Vacation Home: the Space, Privacy, Comfort of Your Own House!
          Vacation Home: the Space, Privacy, Comfort of Your Own House!

          Vacation Home: the Space, Privacy, Comfort of Your Own House!

          Calle La Pedrera #3A, Colonia Escalon, San Salvador, San Salvador (department)
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in San Salvador, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Rosario Church and National Theater. Metrocentro is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

            Hotel Pasadena II CA $27
            Hotel Pasadena II

            Hotel Pasadena II

            3a Calle Poniente Numero #1037, San Salvador
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Hostal Cumbres del Volcan Flor Blanca CA $19
              Hostal Cumbres del Volcan Flor Blanca

              Hostal Cumbres del Volcan Flor Blanca

              6-10 Calle Poniente #1937 Colonia, Flor Blanca Frente Gim nac J. Pineda, San Salvador, San Salvador
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in San Salvador, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Gymnasium, Metrocentro, and Monumento al Salvador del Mundo. National Theater and Estadio Cuscatlan are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Hostal Doña Marta CA $66
                Hostal Doña Marta

                Hostal Doña Marta

                Urbnización venezuela pje.maracaibo 1-b, San Salvador, San Salvador
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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