Jose Maria San Martin Town Square
The city of Santa Tecla, formerly known as “New San Salvador”, was the temporary capital of El Salvador in the mid nineteenth century. This left behind many historic buildings and landmarks including two historic town squares within its historical center: José María San Martín and Daniel Hernandez.
The first one is located on street Daniel Hernandez, better known as the Pan-American Highway. This plaza is the scene of a monument in honor of former president, José María San Martín, who issued a decree authorizing the establishment of the city under the name of Nueva San Salvador, on August 8, 1854.
In April 1854 a devastating earthquake caused extensive damage to San Salvador, capital of the country. It was decided to move the government to the city of Cojutepeque, department of Cuscatlan, and later it was moved to a “new” city: “New San Salvador,” in a valley less vulnerable to earthquakes ,in a farm know as Santa Tecla.
José María San Martín was president of the country at the time; among his achievements was the creation of the Department of Chalatenango in 1855. He also instructed the lawyer Isidro Menéndez to issue several laws for the country. San Martín passed away in 1857.
Where to eat
This town square or plaza, like most in El Salvador, has many street vendors offering all types of food and merchandise at low prices. There is plenty of typical Salvadoran foods available in this plaza, and there are many restaurants of all kinds in the surrounding area.
How to get there
Take the Pan-American highway going west. Town square José María San Martín is the first one on the right, in heart of Santa Tecla.
If traveling by car we recommended you park in any of the parking bays surrounding the park. The cost of this service ranges between $ 0.50 and $ 1.00. There is metropolitan police in the area.
Citizen Service, Municipality of Santa Tecla: 2534-9623 and 2534-9624.
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