St. Michaels Church
It is estimated that the original temple was built in the ninenteenth century, but there are no records to support that fact. However on top of the church’s facade there is a year showing “1824″, a clue that suggests the year in which construction work began.
The materials used were heavy masonry walls and tile roof. The design is baroque and post-colonial style.
The infrastructure suffered severe damage from the earthquakes of 2001 and the temple has remained closed for several years. A new temple was built adjacent to it, between the years 2006 to 2009. The new temple is similar to the original.
As curious fact there is a popular story that tells about of an invasion of bats that occurred at Salcoatitán. The story says that St. Michael protected the inhabitants from the pest, since then he was consecrated as the patron of the town.
This colorful town celebrates its holidays every second Sunday of November as part of their Catholic tradition.
How to get there:
This parish is located on Salaverría Avenue and 2a. North Avenue. Between Central and 1st west Street. Salcoatitán, Sonsonate.
Drive towards Sonsonate using the Panamerican Highway (CA-1) towards Santa Ana. At “El Poliedro” overpass take the highway towards Sonsonate.
Start your tour through the streets of Sonsonate. Drive along the Flower Route towards Apaneca, the road is well signposted.
Along the way you will find signs indicating you how to reach the destination of you interest along the Route. The journey by car takes about an hour.
If going by bus, there are several options. At the West terminal in San Salvador, you may board “special” bus 205 at US$ 1.30
(Journey takes about1 hour and 15 minutes), regular bus route 205 costs US$ 0.75 USD (journey takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes). You may also board bus 249 bound to Ahuachapán and Sonsonate.
- Tourist Information Telephone “Ruta de las Flores”: (503) 2401-8675
- Salcoatitán Town hall: (503) 2442-2227 (503) 2469-2181
For your peace of mind, the National Tourism Police (POLISH) may escort you at no cost. Simply request this service one week in advance. Be sure to consult the procedure with that institution.
To request the service call POLITUR (503) 2511-8300 or (503) 2511-8302, Monday to Friday (office hours) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This assistance is FREE. You do not pay for this service, except to cover food expenses of the agents assigned.
NOTE: If you require escort service, please specify if you will provide accommodation for the POLITUR agents. Otherwise, the officers will take their camping gear and provide security without any problems.
Elevation 3402 feet
N 13 ° 49,783 ‘
In 89 ° 45,457 ‘
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