El Calvario Church Ahuachapán
This historic church was started in 1876 and has been damaged by severe weather conditions on several occasions.
It is said that the whole structure of the church possessed symmetry in all its details including the tower, atrium, the second floor (where the choir was installed), chandeliers, windows and the altar.
It had a bell tower with 4 large crosses that pointed towards the 4 cardinal points. At the tower there was a clock that could be seen from anywhere in the city.
According to historical data, in the year 1953 part of the temple was demolished to expand the 6th West Street.
Three years later, in 1959 the temple was finally completed and became officially a Catholic church.
Later in the eighties it was damaged by a bomb that fell on one of the back streets and later by the earthquake of 1982, which fractured the façade.
However during the earthquakes of January 2001, the temple was severely damaged and large cracks damaged the walls and some of the structure collapsed.
Again reconstruction work was carried out and now you may visit the temple and see outstanding pictures and accessories donated by the Mendéndez Magaña family.
At the main altar there is an image brought from Spain, which depicts the Calvary episode and shows a black Jesus. This altarpiece is made of Italian marble.
The lamps and all the ornamental bulbs that adorn the temple where brought from Venice (Italy).
The present facade shows colorful murals with religious images based on the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
How to get there:
The Church is at end of 2nd North Avenue, next to General Francisco Menéndez Park.
There is secured car park for US$ 0.50 per hour.
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 “Iglesia El Calvario”. The colorful murals on the façade will guide you.
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.
“El Cavario” Holy Redeemer Parish website “: http://jmisionera.webnode.es /
Phone: (503) 2413-2771
- Municipality of Ahuachapán: Phone (503) 2487-4800 and (503) 2443-0082
Website: http://www.sedi.oas.org/e-muni/ahuachapan/ (Available on Facebook)
- Historical information from Ahuachapán:
Elevation 2619 feet
N 13 ° 55,435 ‘
In 89 ° 50,836 ‘
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