El Salvador | Churches and Atoles

13 Nov 2015
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As a country characterized by the endless faith and spirituality of its people, FOUR explores the beautiful churches which serve as a meeting point for culture and architecture…
Spirituality and essence of El Salvador

El Salvador is a country characterized by the endless faith and spirituality of its people; this is reflected in the beautiful churches which serve as a meeting point with culture and architectural ability of its builders. Here are 5 of the churches that cannot be missed when visiting El Salvador.

The Cathedral of Our Lady Saint Anne

Located in the provincial capital of Santa Ana in the western part of the country. This neo-Gothic masterpiece is one of the best references of religiousness in the country. Its construction began on January 21, 1906, it was consecrated in 1913, and was ultimately finished on 1959. It consists of three ships forming a cross and has more than 28 images of Catholic saints.

Church of the Holy Cross of Rome

Located in the town of Panchimalco, a southern municipality of San Salvador. This temple was built around 1730, making it the oldest in the country. It’s famous for its Baroque style altar, its white colonial façade, and its main dome which is reinforced by 16 wooden balm columns. On the first Sunday in May, one of the most beautiful traditions in our country takes place here: the procession of palms, a celebration full of color and joy in honor to the Virgin Mary.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

This stunning Gothic work of art is located in San Salvador’s historical center. Blessed in 1901, it has been the epicenter of religious tradition in the capital for many years; especially during the eighties, when it served as interim Metropolitan Cathedral, as the Cathedral of the Holy Savior was under construction.

The Rosary Church

Modern religious building located next to the Freedom Square in the heart of San Salvador’s historical center. This modern and beautiful religious heritage was built in 1971 by the architect and sculptor Ruben Martinez, who not only designed the church but also all of the Cross sculptures in it. Its stained glass windows are a distinction of the Salvadoran capital history, becoming a shelter for hundreds of families, seeking comfort and strength, during the civil war.

The Church of Santa Lucia

Built in 1853 in Suchitoto, department of Cuscatlán. Its facade has six iconic columns and arches, with two towers standing on both sides and beautiful porcelain plates adorning its domes. The temple was declared a National Monument in 1978 and was one of the first temples built in the Republican era.

It is precisely in Suchitoto, where after visiting this beautiful church, we can find the perfect opportunity to experience one of El Salvador’s traditional gastronomical delights. In a corner near the church is a place where you can enjoy a delicious variety of atoles, a Salvadoran drink with delicious flavors and bright colors that will not only delight you, but also refuel you after touring the country’s beautiful landscapes.

A few examples of the atoles to choose between are;

Corn atol | Made from milk and sweet corn; its soft amber color will give you a relaxing warm sensation.

Shuco atol | Made from black corn, is accompanied by beans, chile, and alguashte (a pre-Columbian seasoning) served in a morro huacal. It is a great choice for drinking something hot and nutritious, that can also be served with bread.

Cashew atol | Prepared with roasted cashew seeds, it has medicinal health replenishing properties, perfect for replenishing health after surgical procedures.

Piñuela atol | Made with unripe piñuela, fruit of the pinguin plant,. It will leave on your palate, a warm, tasty, and subtly sweet taste.

Visit El Salvador, an impressive country for its traditions, its spirituality, and its gastronomy…