This historic city, founded in 1543, has strong Lenca roots; making this town rich in folklore traditions, in addition to having some important colonial remains.
The name means “narrow valley”. At Conchagua there are several customs and buildings left from the Spanish colonial era. The best example is the temple located in front of the central park.
This is one of the oldest churches in El Salvador, built in 1693 in honor of Santiago Apostle.
It is the creation of Wenceslao Ramírez and Antonio Garcia, who used Baroque elements on the facade and Renaissance style in the interior.
This architectural gem was built using a mix of materials including adobe blocks, stones and a masonry mix known as “Masonry.” Fine woods as cedar, mahogany, hujuste and tempisque where used on this temple as well.
The central nave has seven columns on each side, each one carved out of a single tree trunk. These columns give support to the main frame of the roof.
This church houses over 15 original religious images brought by the Spanish 300 years ago. They are located in the old wooden altarpieces that flank the nave.
Another colonial element is the church bell that can be seen from the central park displayed at one of the bell tower. Its weights approximately 22 pounds.
The town festivities are held every July 25th and there are ceremonies dedicated to Martyr St. Stephen on January 20th.
Where to eat:
On one side of central park there is a “pupusódromo”, with more than 10 pupuserías that offer pupusas and some other local dishes. They sell natural juices and other drinks such as cashew atol, all at low prices. Its open from 9:00 am until 10:00 p.m. every day.
How to get there:
If you are driving from San Salvador, take the coastal highway (CA-2) heading east. After Usulutan, find the diversion to “The Rave” where you must turn right. Then you will find another diversion marked to “ El Cuco” and “La Union”. Follow the signs that lead to the village of Conchagua.
Bus routes to Conchagua, The Union: 382 and 382-B. Ticket cost US$ 0.27
http://www.turismo.com.sv / destinations / volcan-of-conchagua.php
http://www.cherada.com / articles / Conchagua-the-union-the-savior
Elevation 732 feet
N 13 ° 18,411 ‘
In 87 ° 51,787 ‘
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