El Rosario Church, San Miguel
The historic center of San Miguel has many architectural jewels, some of them are over two centuries old.
One of the best examples of this, is the central parish “The Rosary” also known as Santo Domingo Church.
It is just two blocks from the cathedral on 4th North Avenue. This church opened its doors in the eighteenth century under the administration of Dominican priests and it now holds some of the oldest files regarding the city of San Miguel.
Originally the church was used only for the Marian festivals held every first Sunday of May and October in honor of Virgen del Rosario.
The architectural details of this temple have great beauty, starting with its striking wooden doors decorated with intricate details.
Inside you may see impressive ancient large-scale imagery, some of them gifts from families thanking for granted requests.
Large wooden columns decorate the main nave; there is a remarkable concave wooden niche, which reads “Most Sacred Queen rosaries” in Latin and where the main image of Virgen del Rosario is displayed.
Walking through the main corridor you will appreciate the unique ceiling decoration.
At the walls near the front door and the main altar there are marble tombstones, dating back to1857 and 1901, where the remains of Dominicans priest now lie. This is also the resting place of many important citizens of San Miguel including:
Priest Santiago Palacios, patron of the church who died in 1878.
Joseph M. Palacios, who was born in 1824 and died in Nicaragua 1881.
Rafael Palacios who died on October 3, 1901 20 years of age.
Salvador Villafáñez, who died on August 28, 1857 at 18.
Today this church is open to everyone and is for various religious activities.
In you visit San Miguel do not miss the historic and impressive aspects of the famous “Pearl of the Orient” in El Salvador.
How to get there
Address: 4th North Avenue and 8th East Street, Barrio La Cruz, San Miguel. Two blocks to the right of the main Cathedral, Our Lady of Peace, San Miguel.
If driving from San Salvador to San Miguel use the Pan American Highway (CA-1) or the coastal highway going east.
• San Salvador to San Miguel: Route 301 from the East Terminal.
Regular US$ 2.50
Special US$ 3.00
Super special US$ 5.00
To get to the East Terminal take Route 42-A, 34, 140, 29 for US$ 0.25
• The Union to San Miguel: Route 324
Regular US$ 0.75
Special $ 1.00 USD
Phone: (503) 2661-0807
Height 388 feet
N 13 ° 29,099 ‘
In 88 ° 10,515 ‘
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