Santa Tecla Cultural House
If you want to find an alternative spot, with traces of the Salvadoran cultural past combined with a bit of contemporary art, go to the 'House of Culture' in Santa Tecla. This association was created in 1974 with the aim of promoting cultural development in the municipality.
Casa de la Cultura offers various services which include a library with case studies dating from 1854 and more than 8 thousand copies of literature, including several priceless books with the history of the city and the country. Visitors can purchase a members card for $1.00 that allows you to borrow books for up to a year.
Among its main attractions are a permanent display of rare photographs by José Gilberto Rodriguez; which portray the urban area of the city before the earthquakes of 2001. There is also a large collection of post stamps from around the world, and several old appliances like telephones, video cameras and typewriters, among others.
Tecleños (Santa Tecla's Inhabitants) and visitors alike, can attend English classes as well a guitar and keyboard workshops (8 years or older). House of Culture offers drawing, painting, ceramic painting, embossing, candle decorating, piñatas making and cosmetology classes. The cost is $12 per month.
Casa de la Cultura also cares for the physical wellbeing of its members. There are medical and chiropractic services available onsite on weekends. Natural medicinal products, such as syrup and soap extracted from Noni are available on sale at Casa de la Cultura, and you may also obtain a free sample of the herb “Chaya”, which has healing properties for the digestive system and is claimed to be a “blood pressure regulator”.
Additionally, Casa de la Cultura has several activities that promote reading: the “Casero del Libro” project goes to the outskirts of the city and brings reading and storytelling to disadvantaged children and adults. The association also promotes activities such as the “Floral Games” of poetry and staging of national and international artistic groups.
How to get there:
Address: Calle Ciriaco Lopez # 3-1 Santa Tecla.
Casa de la Cultura is in the vicinity of the National Public Security Academy (ANSP). Just across from San Martín square. If driving, be careful since many streets, are one-way only. There is secure parking within the facilities.
For public transport take special bus 101-D or the No. 42 minibuses. The bus stop is just across the street. The ticket cost around $ 0.35 (travelling from San Salvador)
Free admission and open to the public.
• Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 8am to 12noon and 2pm to 5 pm.
• For more information on workshops, call 2228-9506.
• Medical Offices:
Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
General $ 3
Chiropractic session $ 5
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