Dulce Nombre de Maria Main Temple
At just 72 km from the capital Dulce Nombre de María is a colorful town at the province of Chalatenango with an important history and many cultural traditions.
According to church records, several Spanish families founded this town, they where sent by Carandelet Baron, General Captain of the kingdom of Guatemala.
Initially the parish was under the jurisdiction of Santo Tomas de Tejutla, a town of Chalatenango. Later in 1842 the Catholic temple became independent.
In 1942, this temple was restored, its facade used to be from the colonial the era, and remained intact until 1990.
This temple withstood the devastation of the armed conflict. Renovation works were completed in 1993 and a new bell tower adorned Dulce Nombre de Maria.
Notably, the temple bell has legend that says “Holy Name of Mary NNS year 1827″. From here and you may see magnificent views of Chalatenango and the Lempa River Reservoir.
Inside you will appreciate beautiful and colorful stained glass windows that adorn the sanctuary. The altar, the baptistery and the sanctuary are made of Italian marble.
Since 2010, the church is still being renovated thanks to the initiative of the Italian priest Renzo Ferrazzo who also inaugurated a small plaza with arches in honor of Monsignor Romero. It is adjacent to the church and is part of the Seminary of the Diocese of Chalatenango.
Holy Name of Mary is dressed festivities from 6 to December 12 every year in honor of the Virgin Mary.
Another important date is The Corn Festival which is held since 1985. Every first week of August there are parades including traditional carts pulled by oxen and adorned by corn plants. There is also a food festival with many local dishes created with corn as its main ingredient.
How to get there
From San Salvador drive north along “Troncal del Norte Road” Road (4N) towards Apopa and Aguilares.
At the diversion known as “Amayo” turn right to Chalatenango city. Then drive to the diversion known as “El Limón” and head from there to Dulce Nombre de María.
From San Salvador to Chalatenango take route 125 or Route 126, for US$ 1.00 to US$ 1.75 USD at the East Terminal (East Terminal) bound by to El Limón, Chalatenango.
The church is located in front of the main square, adjacent to the Seminary of Chalatenango.
- Holy Name of Mary Parish: (503) 2356-9296
- City Hall Phone: (503) 2356-9265 / (503) 2356-9440
- Dulce Nombre de Maria: http://www.enchalate.com/2010/11/dulce-nombre-de-maria.html
- Dulce Nombre de Maria: History and Traditions: http://html.rincondelvago.com/dulce-nombre-de-maria_historia-y-tradiciones.html
Altitude 1535 feet
N 14 ° 09,424 ‘
In 89 ° 00,656 ‘
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