The imposing Biblioteca Nacional is on the south end of Plaza Barrio.
The blue-and-yellow-checked dome faces Plaza Barrios and marks the center of the city’s street grid. It was damaged by fire in 1956; the...
The Teatro Nacional, east from the cathedral along Calle Delgado, was erected in 1917 and functioned as a movie house for 50-odd years...
For a quick bite check out the sidewalk comedores a block west of Plaza Barrios dishing up panes de pollo (big chicken sandwiches) and...
Palacio Nacional information
Government headquarters before the devastating 1986 earthquake, the ornate Palacio Nacional occupies the west side of Plaza Barrios. Built in the early 20th century of Italian marble, the palace displays the classical style fashionable at the time. Almost all the 105 rooms are open for leisurely inspection.