Iglesia El Rosario
- 4 Calle Ote 23 Centro
- 06:00-12:00 & 14:00-19:00
Lonely Planet review for Iglesia El Rosario
What appears from the outside like a dilapidated airport hangar is, in fact, one of the most intriguing churches in the country. After entering through an easy-to-miss corridor, you'll see that Iglesia El Rosario opens into a shallow nave backed by a high brick wall and soaring arched roof above. The roof isn't a true arch, though, but a series of overhanging steps inset with a rainbow of stained-glass panels.
On the walls are figures made of scrap metal, with larger, more detailed stone and metal statues displayed in the wings on either side of the main entrance. Besides the simple beauty of the place, the contrasts are striking - the modern industrial-style artwork, the quiet austerity of a church and the gritty bustle of downtown San Salvador just outside the door. Padre Delgado, the father of Central American independence, is buried here.