RUINS OF THE SCHOOL OF ARTS “JOSE MARIANO MENDEZ “
Built in the mid nineteenth century, the building of the former School of Arts “José Mariano Mendez” still survives, contrasting with the surrounding houses that around Colón Park.
This stunning building stands where the first school in Santa Ana was built. Years later, José Mariano Mendez, a native of this city, founded the School of Arts and Crafts in the same place.
Historic records say that Mendez was a lawyer and a Catholic priest who that lived in Guatemala at the end of the colonial era and early post-independence times.
Mendez is known to have contributed to the development of education in Santa Ana. Some of his actions include: financial help for to the National School for Girls in Santa Ana and a donation of land for the construction of the Chapel “San Jose” at San Juan de Dios Hospital.
Over the years the building was completely abandoned, but during 2003 and 2009, municipal efforts prevented this building from collapsing.
Beautiful columns and windows remind us of this building former glory. However, you may still see the rooms where students once listened their teacher’s lessons.
To date, this building remains protected by the Municipality of Santa Ana; however, this building needs restoration work. If you visit Santa Ana, visit the ruins of the old School of Arts and Crafts “José Mariano Mendez.”
How to get there:
The park is located on José Mariano Méndez west street, just across from Colón Park . Ask for Columbus market (Mercado Colón) and the locals will tell you how to get there.
From San Salvador to Santa Ana take Route 201 (we suggest taking the “special” for just a few cents more) at West Terminal. Ticket cost from US$ 0.85 to US$ 1.35
- Municipality of Santa Ana: http://www.santaana.gob.sv / WebForms / Services / DefaultServicios.aspx?mpop=2
Phone: (503) 2402-7500
- On the history of Santa Ana: http://www.raco.cat/index.php/BoletinAmericanista/article/viewFile/98697/146665
Elevation 2208 feet
N 13 ° 59,393 ‘
In 89 ° 33,781 ‘
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