Consecrated as one of the architectural beauties of the “La Ciudad Morena”, Santa Ana sports the imposing cathedral that stands out in the hull of its beautiful historical center.
According to the story, in the same place was located the central parish built between 1575 and 1576 but was half destroyed by lightning in the nineteenth century.
After the Diocese of Santa Ana was created, preparations were made to renovate the structure of the church, which was completed in January, 1906.
It was not until February 1913 that she was consecrated to Santa Ana known as “Patroness of Difficult Births”, a motive that inspires many women who are about to give birth, entrust themselves to their intercession. After forty days of birth, many mothers have the tradition of presenting it to the Virgin Mary in thanksgiving.
Construction work continued until 1959, when the altar of marble and the image of the patron saint were incorporated.
Over the years, several restoration interventions have been necessary due to the inclement weather with the purpose of caring for this National Monument declared in 1995, in addition to being enshrined as a Well Protected by the Hague Convention of 1954.
This impressive building was designed as a Gothic cathedral, a differential aspect of most Salvadoran and Latin American churches. It consists of three naves that form a cross: the central one, 22 meters long and 22 meters wide; The sides with 2 and 8 meters wide.
The church houses 28 images or statues surrounded by four confessionals made of wood, benches and 51 beautiful lamps.
It has six bells from the Netherlands in 1949. These are located, three in the north tower and three in the south. The first ones are activated manually, while the ones of the south sound by electronic system.
The patron saint festivities are held from July 18 to 26, every year, motifs that bring many Sanctians in their beautiful historic center.
Visit Santa Ana and discover this extraordinary facet of the Salvadoran West.
How to get
If you drive by car and come from San Salvador, take the Panamerican Highway in the direction of Santa Ana which is properly signposted along the way. At the entrance to Santa Ana, head to Avenida Independencia.
The Cathedral is located in front of the Liberty Park and next to the National Theater of Santa Ana.
From San Salvador to Santa Ana, take Route 201 (it is suggested to take the “special” for comfort) in the Western Terminal. Cost of the ticket from $ 0.85 USD to $ 1.35 USD