Santiago Apostol Church
Just 78 kilometers from San Salvador, located in the historic city of Chalchuapa, stands the imposing Church of St. James.
This temple was built in the seventeenth century and it is devoted to St. James.
The location of this church was strategic during colonial times, since it was located along the trade route between the Captaincy General of Guatemala and the town of San Salvador.
Its style is baroque. The facade is divided into three bodies by very well marked and distinctive cornices. There is also a bell tower on the right side of it.
There are two masonry domes where the statue of St. James, patron and saint of this town, is displayed. Inside you will appreciate two wooden carved altars also showing the highly ornate baroque style. There are framed painting from the colonial era, beautiful religious images and more.
Due to its age, this temple is one of the few colonial churches that remain from the colonial era in El Salvador. Some of them include: the Church of St. Peter the Apostle in the municipality of Metapán, Santa Cruz of Rome at Panchimalco, Our Lady of Sorrows at the municipality of Izalco and Our Lady of El Pilar at San Vicente.
In July 1992, St James Church was declared a National Monument by legislative decree, it is also a cultural property protected under the Hague Convention of 1954. Today the building remains in constant restoration work.
As part of you trip, do not forget to visit the museum next to the parish. You will find gold jewelry, sculptures and historical documents relating to the origin of the “place abounding in jadeite,” that is Chalchuapa in Nahuatl.
How to get there:
To get to Chalchuapa drive towards Ahuachapán, or the route towards Las Chinamas International Border. The road is well signposted.
The church is located across from St. James Park and next to the Parque José Matías Delgado, near the City Hall of Chalchuapa.
Routes that circulate in the area: From San Salvador: 202, 210 and 218. Ticket cost from US$ 0.25
Address: 4th East Street # 12, Barrio Santa Cruz, Resume, Santa Ana
Phone: (503) 2444-0554
http://www.bicentenario.gob.sv / index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=531:el-temple-of-santiago-Apostle&catid=107:santa-ana&Itemid=158
Elevation 2331 feet
N 13 ° 59,155 ‘
In 89 ° 40,829 ‘
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