Centre for Culture and Arts “Dr. Alfredo Espino ”
Formerly known as “Casino Ahuachapaneco”, this building was opened in 1899, as a gathering place for the local elite.
Members where usually wealthy coffee plantation owners who where related with each other, otherwise, an individual would not be accepted inside the casino.
The Casino functioned until 1982, when an earthquake damaged the building, which stood abandoned for more than 20 years.
It was not until 2006 when the Municipality took over the property and began restoration work, preserving the original architecture.
Since December 2010, the building became known as The Centre for Culture and Arts “Dr. Alfredo Espino ", in honor of the renowned poet born in Ahuachapán.
Today “ahuachapanecos” (people form Ahuachapán) have a 250-seat theater; spacious exhibits rooms, a restaurant and a hall for social events and cultural activities.
How to get there:
Address: 2nd North Ave. and Gerardo Barrios West St, Abroad.
If driving from San Salvador, drive towards Santa Ana and continue on the Pan-American Highway (CA-1) towards Chalchuapa, and Ahuachapán. Once you are there, ask the police or locals for the Old Casino. The building is located at the corner of the street leading to El Calvario Church. The Centre of Culture and Arts is on the right side.
By bus take Route 202 from San Salvador to Ahuachapán, cost from US$ 1.50 to US$ 2.50. You can also board route 210 from Santa Ana at U.S. $ 0.75. At the bus terminal take a “mototaxi” (tuk-tuk) from US$ 0.50 (per person) and within minutes you will find yourself at this beautiful site in Ahuachapán.
Hours: 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
Available on Facebook as “Culture-Art Center Ahuachapán”
Contact email: cca.alfredoespino @ gmail.com
Phone: (503) 2413-2579
Municipality of Ahuachapán: Phone (503) 2487-4800 and (503) 2443-0082
Website: http://www.sedi.oas.org/e-muni/ahuachapan/ (Available on Facebook)
Elevation 2455 feet
N 13 ° 55,294 ‘
In 89 ° 50,893 ‘
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