Monsignor Romero Center & Martyrs Museum (UCA)
To find out about El Salvador’s recent history and events visit the Monsignor Romero Center and the Museum of the Martyrs, located at Universidad Centroamericana “Jose Simeon Canas” (UCA) in Antiguo Cuscatlán, Freedom.
Start your journey to the Martyrs’ Memorial Hall, better known as “Hall of Martyrs.” There you’ll find information, pictures and personal belongings of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador assassinated in March 1980, during El Salvador's civil war. Rosemary, who is in the process of beatification, was a major figure in those tragic years.
You will also find information about the Maryknoll missionary sisters, Father Rutilio Grande and the infamous case of the six Jesuit priests killed at the UCA campus (including father Ignacio Ellacuría) in the late 80’s at the hands of an army battalion.
There is also a permanent exhibition of photographs in
honor of the victims of the armed conflict in El Salvador.
A rose garden now grows at the place of martyrdom of the six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter; all killed the morning of November the 16th, 1989. From that date until this day, the roses represent the historical legacy left by these people after their death.
After this emotional scene you can visit ”The Board of Posters” which is an open display of posters in honor of the martyrs of the UCA, Monsignor Romero and other important figures of the armed conflict in El Salvador. Furthermore, there area forensic photographs of the events (they may not leave the room or be reproduced). The university also has an iconic chapel named “Jesus Christ the Liberator”. Where the remains of the martyrs of the UCA are buried.
How to get there:
Central University “Jose Simeon Canas” (UCA) campus has many entrances and is quite large. The main pedestrian entrance is adjacent to bus stop routes 44 (bus and minibus), 42-A and 34. The UCA campus is also within walking distance from “La Ceiba de Guadalupe”, where most interdepartmental buses stop.
If traveling by car, access UCA and use the general parking area for US$ 0.70 (less is you are accompanied by another person).
Inside the campus, ask any university staff member or student to direct you to the street leading to the Chapel of the UCA and the Monsignor Romero Center.
Sketch of the campus:
Where to eat:
UCA offers cafeteria services within its campus. However, in the “Pedestrian Zone” outside the university campus, you will find more choices of foods and drinks of all kinds, even gourmet coffee at affordable prices.
• Opening hours Monsignor Romero Center:
Monday to Friday: 8on- 12noon and from 2pm until 6pm
Saturday: 8am to 11:30on
Sundays and holidays: CLOSED
• FREE entry
Official Website: http://www.uca.edu.sv/
Romero Center: http://www.uca.edu.sv/cmr/
History of UCA martyrs: http://www.uca.edu.sv/martires/new/indice.htm
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