Daniel Hernández Town Square
Santa Tecla (part of San Salvador's metropolitan area) is making a big effort to rescue its architectural and historical landmarks. In the period from 2003 to 2006 Daniel Hernandez town square, in Santa Tecla´s historic district, received a major make-over.
Located along the Pan-American highway in downtown Santa Tecla, Daniel Hernández is a place to relax and enjoy the city´s history.
Some of the highlights to be found within the square include:
- A monument to the memory of Daniel Hernandez; a teacher who at the early age of fifteen was considered an expert on subjects as diverse as mathematics, geography, astronomy and chemistry. Hernandez, from whom the square receives its name, also contributed to the foundation and design of the streets of Villa Santa Tecla, which at the time was meant to be the new capital of El Salvador. Hernandez also promoted community development projects such as the installation of water services and the first illuminated plaza in the city; he was also one of the founders of San Rafael Hospital (located on the outskirts of Santa Tecla). On July 16, 1896, Hernandez died in the city he helped to build.
- A monolith with a narrative of the life and death of Saint Tecla, a Christian martyr and disciple of Saint Paul.
Where to eat
Very similar to José María San Martín Aquare (its twin square) this picturesque and bustling town square has a variety local vendors from whom you may purchase hot or cold beverages for about $US0.25.
The square is also surrounded by small bakeries, pastry shops and fast food restaurants that offer several dining options.
This is the second square along Manuel Gallardo street and when travelling west is located to the right of the Santa Tecla markets.
If traveling by car, we recommended you park in any of several parking spaces surrounding the park. The cost is between $US0.50 and $US1.00
For your safety, metropolitan municipality agents patrol the area.
Citizen’s Service, Municipality of Santa Tecla: 2534-9623 and 2534-9624.
Website: Municipality of Santa Tecla http://www.amst.gob.sv/
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