Santa Ana Cathedral
Probably the greatest Santa Ana icon, this architectural masterpiece of the “Ciudad Morena” (brunette city) stands at the heart of the beautiful historical center.
According to history, this cathedral was built at the same place the original colonial church stood. The original church was finished in 1576, but was semi-destroyed by a lightning in the nineteenth century.
After the establishment of the Diocese of Santa Ana and idea of renewing the old church came about. Work for the new cathedral started in 1906.
In February 1913 the new building was dedicated to Santa Ana known to be the patron or saint “of difficult labor” reason that inspires many young women, who are about to give birth, to visit the temple. Construction work continued until 1959, when a marble altar and the image of the Santa Ana where added.
Over the years the structure has had several restoration interventions for the purpose of protecting it. This Cathedral was declared National Monument in1995 and is also protected by the Hague Convention of 1954.
This temple is designed as a Gothic cathedral, a style very uncommon in most Salvadoran and Latin American churches. The church is formed by three naves that create a latin type cross. The central is 22 meters wide, and the ones on the sides are 8 meters wide.
There are 28 pictures and statues that surround four wood confessionals, you will also see carved wood benches and beautiful lamps. There are six bells brought from the Netherlands in 1949. They are located, three in the north tower and three in the south tower. The first ones are activated manually, while the ones is the southern tower are activated by an electronic system.
Santa Ana main festivities take place from July 18th to the 26th each year, festivities that bring together all Santanecos (people from Santa Ana) into their beautiful historical center.
How to get there:
If driving by car from San Salvador, take the Panamerican Highway towards Santa Ana (which is signposted along the road). Entering Santa Ana use Independence Avenue and driver towards downtown (north).
The Cathedral is located in front of Libertad Park and next to the Santa Ana Theatre.
From San Salvador to Santa Ana take Route 201 (we suggest taking the “special” for just a few cents more) at West Terminal. Ticket cost from US$ 0.85 to US$ 1.35
Phone: (503) 2447-7215
Elevation 2132 feet
N 13 ° 59,704 ‘
In 89 ° 33,368 ‘
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