Santa Tecla Municipal Palace
Santa Tecla, in the Libertad, has many examples of neo-classical architecture. One of them is the Palace of Fine Arts (Santa Tecla Municipal Palace). It is estimated that this building was built in 1911 for residential purposes. Later the property became part of the municipality as a way to cancel a debt and the building became the offices of the municipal council.
Considered a Santa Tecla landmark this eclectic building with 17 rooms, imposing columns and a central courtyard reflects several architectural styles, among them: neo-gothic, neo-romantic, neo-renaissance and neo-vicentine.
It is assumed that much of the infrastructure in Santa Tecla’s early years is the work of architect José Jeréz, who is responsible for this Municipal Palace and several other buildings like “Guirola Adalberto Children's Home” El Carmen Church, The Guirola House, the former Santa Tecla Penitentiary (now MUTE museum).
Over the years, this building deteriorated by weather and natural disasters. On January 2001 a major earthquake struck El Salvador seriously damaging this building. However, the municipality with the help of the Government of Andalucía in Spain, began restoration work to preserve this architectural masterpiece. On October 2008 the work was concluded and the building became The Municipal Palace of Fine Arts in order to establish an artistic home for children, youth and adults.
This beautiful location is the home of specialized workshops, exhibitions, conferences, tours, a library and a souvenir shop. There is also a gourmet cafeteria with an extensive menu. Visit the The Municipal Palace of Fine Arts in Santa Tecla and relive old days.
How to get there:
Address: Avenida Eduardo Olivares Molina, 2-3 (next to Santa Tecla Municipal building).
If you drive a vehicle, the area has security available (Municipal Police)
Monday through Friday you can park your vehicle on the premises during business hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
$ 0.35 per hour. If you want to visit the facilities on weekends, you can park your car in the street without any problems.
Public transport routes are: 42 (bus) and 101-D “Special Bus.” The ticket fare is $ 0.35
Where to eat:
If you want to spend some quality time with friends or relatives in this city, visit The Palace of Fine Arts in Santa Tecla. It has areas for smoking and not smoking. You can sample a wide variety of gourmet coffee from $ 1.25 to $ 3.25 also there is tea, herbal teas, natural sodas and beer.
You can have sandwiches, paninis, specialty dishes such as chicken marinated in tequila or barbecue sauce and melted cheese, among others. Soon there will vegetarian dishes.
If you love desserts you can sample a wide variety of cakes: chocolate, carrot, fig, strawberry, plum and lemon. (Payment only in cash).
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sundays: from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
You can contact the administrative offices of the Municipal Palace of Fine Arts at (503) 2534-4768.
To see the specialties of the restaurant-cafe, call (503) 2534-2989 (hours listed above)
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