With its wide boulevards - among the widest in Latin America - San Salvador has an Old World charm that dates back to the city’s founding. While the city has suffered greatly due to wars and natural catastrophes, San Salvador today is home to a friendly people and a rich culture.

There are numerous monuments and museums around the city. These date back to the first half of the 20th century, and this is when the town of Santa Tecla, which was named Nueva San Salvador, became San Salvador following the volcanic eruption of 1917. Among the monuments that is a must see is the Momnumento a El Salvador del Mundo, or “Monument to the Savior of the World,” which like other Latin American monuments of the same vain stands guard over the city.

There are several large concert venues throughout the city as well including the Teatro Presidente, or Presidential Theater, which is where the San Salvador National Symphony performs, as well as the Teatro Nacional. Recently restored this building dates back prior to the transfer of San Salvador to Santa Tecla from the early 20th century.

There are also sad reminders of more recent strife in San Salvador, which was the site of the final battles of the Civil War in 1988 and 1989. The Centro Monseňor Romero let’s visitors pay homage to the city’s martyred archbishop killed during these recent civil wars. It is housed in the home of the slain religious leader was killed along with his wife and their maid. The center is open from 8am until 12noon, and then from 2pm until 6pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 8am until 11:30am. It is closed on Sunday.