? San SAlvador Cathedral




El Salvador's national cathedral is not as visually stunning as some famous European cathedrals, but it is steeped in El Salvadoran history and offers an example of the nation's adopted artistic style. Historically, the church was the site of deadly massacres prior to the country's civil war and great celebrations after the 1992 peace accords. The church has been damaged and rebuilt three times and is considered a symbol of the nation's rebirth from tragedy.

The tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero is located on the lower floor beneath the nave and is well visited by admirers and pilgrims alike. The pope knelt at the flower-adorned tomb when he visited in 1993. As the aesthetics here are somewhat secondary to the history, read up a bit before you go to know what you are looking at.

The current version of the Cathedral was recently finished in 1999, its importance is rather historical and social rather than visual or religous. The decoration made by the salvadorean artist, Fernando Llort, was destroyed in 2012 by order of the archbishop of El Salvador; he considered Llort had used Mason symbols in his art.