The most famous landmarks in El Salvador are The National Palace, Liberty Plaza, Divine Savior of the World monument, Coatepeque Lake, The National Cathedral, Gerardo Barrios square, Izalco Volcano, El Rosario Church, and many others. These are some of the most recognizable landmarks in the country; obviously, many others could have made this list.
About Landmarks in El Salvador
El Salvador is home to several iconic landmarks such as monuments, places of historical interest, natural parks, colonial churches, and many others. Unquestionably, these landmarks are part of the countries cultural heritage that should be learned.
In here, I will be listing some of the most famous Landmarks in El Salvador. But, keep in mind that this is my list; my own personal opinion on their importance or rank.
Below are the most famous landmarks of El Salvador.
Divine Savior of the World Monument
This Landmark is located on the El Salvador del Mundo Plaza in San Salvador. Placed on top of a pedestal is a statue of Jesus Christ standing on top of a global sphere of planet earth.
The Landmark in honor of the Divine Savior of the World; patron of the nation’s capital is a symbol that identifies and represents both El Salvador and Salvadorans everywhere in the world.
Here is a bit of recent history for this Landmark. During the 1986 earthquake, the statue collapsed and broke into several pieces. When the restoration was finished, and the statue was placed back into it’s original place; it became a symbol of hope and faith for all Salvadorans.
The National Cathedral
This Historic Landmark sits in the downtown historic district in San Salvador. The church was first built at the end of the sixteenth century. This church has twice been destroyed; first by an earthquake in 1873 and then by fire in 1951.
If you are ever in El Salvador, visit the National Cathedral; at this Landmark, you will get to learn a lot about the history and culture of the country.
The National Palace of El Salvador
This iconic building is located at the historic district of San Salvador. During most of 1900, the building used to house the major branches of government and was where important meetings and votes took place.
The most important rooms or main rooms in the palace were painted in different colors. These colors gave hints as to the function and former occupants of such rooms. for example, the Pink Room housed the Supreme Court, the Yellow Room was the president’s office, and the Blue Room was the meeting place of the Legislature of El Salvador.
A lot of local and foreign tourists visit this landmark every year; mostly because there is so much history attached to this famous building,
The Santa Ana Cathedral
The Cathedral of Our Lady Saint Anne or “La Catedral de la Señora Santa Ana” in Spanish is a neo-Gothic cathedral located at the city of Santa Ana.
Every year, many local and international tourist visit this magnificent cathedral; some visit because of their faith and others because of the architectural design and history associated with the church.
The Cathedral of Santa Ana is more than infrastructure; it is a special place that keeps the culture and the religiosity of a city. Furthermore, the cathedral is located at the beautiful historic center of Santa Ana; surrounded by many of the main buildings in the town, such as the Mayor’s office and the Santa Ana theater. If you want to know more about Santa Ana, click here!
Plaza Gerardo Barrios
Plaza Gerardo Barrios is located at the heart of the historic district in San Salvador. The square is a landmark of San Salvadoran and the entire country. Some of the most symbolic buildings in the country surround this plaza; such as the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the National Theater.
The statue and the plaza in honor of President General Gerardo Barrios; is a point of reference within the historic center of the capital. This Landmark has witnessed some significant events in it’s history; the most recent are:
- The riots of 1980 during the funeral of Bishop Oscar Romero, murdered six days earlier during mass by a sniper.
- The celebration of the end of the Civil War in 1992.
- The presidential transfer of power to newly elected president Nayib Bukele in June 2019.
Plaza Libertad – Famous Landmark in El Salvador
Plaza Libertad or Liberty Plaza is at the heart of the city of San Salvador. It is a large open space with a statue commemorating the independence of El Salvador.
It was precisely from this site where what is now the nation’s capital of San Salvador began; in the mid-16th century.
The name Liberty Plaza is in honor of the Central American independence from Spain. currently, this plaza is used to perform many civic events; especially on independence day in El Salvador, which is September 15th.
Furthermore, Liberty Plaza is a pleasant place to take a stroll, sunbathe, hang out, take photos, or simply enjoy the day.
This lake was formed due to volcanic eruptions between about 72,000 and 57,000 years ago. It is located about 18 kilometers south of the city of Santa Ana in the municipality of El Congo; furthermore is one of the most beautiful lakes in Central America.
The lake is an ideal place to practice ecotourism like mountain biking, fishing, diving, camping, and much more. Coatepeque Lake is one of the most recognized landmarks in the country. To read more about Coatepeque Lake, click here!
The Izalco Volcano is a popular volcano visited and regularly climbed by tourists every year. This national icon can be hiked via the Cerro Verde National Park.
Izalco Volcano sits in the southern slope of Santa Ana; and is one of the most active in Central America; since 1770 it has erupted more than 50 times.
El Rosario Church
This church is a landmark; in my opinion, because of it’s non descriptive concrete exterior and amazing interior.
Basically, from the outside, the church looks more like an airplane hangar than a church. However, once you go inside, you will witness the arched roof and natural light rushing in like a rainbow across the altar and bouncing off the metal and rock.
Cathedral of San Miguel
In the western part of the country, in the city of San Miguel is the Cathedral Basilica of Queen of Peace or “Catedral Basílica Reina de la Paz” in Spanish.
Unquestionably, the Cathedral of San Miguel is an architectural jewel and the pride and joy of the citizens in San Miguel. If you plan to visit this city for its festivities in November, do not forget to visit this Landmark.
To summarize, El Salvador has many landmarks, some of them could have been included in this list; however, I focused only on the most popular and well-known.
Undoubtedly, these landmarks are a good reason to travel to El Salvador. But, if you are on the fence about visiting; here are some more reasons why you should visit El Salvador. Click here!