House of Culture in Panchimalco
Just 30 minutes from the capital, Panchimalco is one of the towns with the most colonial and historic heritage in El Salvador.
Its name comes from the Nahuatl meaning “Place of Flags and Emblems” (institution: flag; Chimali: shield; co: in or place).
The pre-Columbian population was a Toltec tribe. During the Spanish conquest this territory was called “The Fort” due to the concave shape of the land that gave fighting advantage to the natives.
As part of the colonial heritage the church of Santa Cruz de Panchimalco is the best example, this temple main was started in 1543 by resident natives, led by the Dominican friars. The work was completed in April 1730.
If you walk through Panchimalco’s cobbled streets, you will feel encouraged to visit that the Art and Culture Center “Tonatiuh” and the House of Culture. Both institutions have workshops for children, youth and adults to help them enter the world of art by making handcrafts and also by learning the native language Nahuatl.
You will also find promotional items, crafts and books at minimum prices seeking to fund these institutions.
The House of Culture offers free workshops *:
• Waist loom course: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
• Folk Dance: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
• Theater: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm (Duration 3 months)
• Creation of paper face masks: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
* The availability of the workshops is subject to change.
In Panchimalco there is also Casa Taller “Encounters”, located just across from Casa de la Cultura. A space dedicated to art and surrounded by nature and incredible panoramic views.
Panchimalco is impressive. Come and meet the native identity of El Salvador without going too far from the capital.
How to get there:
If driving by car, take the road that leads to Planes de Renderos. At the crossroads take left to Panchimalco located 14 kilometers driving down from los Planes. The road is well marked.
Bus routes leading to Panchimalco are 17, 17-A and 17-B bound to Panchimalco and Rosario de Mora. You can board them at the Central Market on downtown San Salvador. Ticket costs: US$ 0.25 to US$ 0.35.
Telephone House of Culture in Panchimalco: (503) 2280-8767
• Art & Culture Center “Tonatiuh”
Nahuatl classes: FREE every Friday and Sunday of the year.
Elevation 1983 feet
N 13 ° 36,643 ‘
In 089 ° 10,761 ‘
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