Between the bullet-scarred walls and crumbling buildings, restoration is taking place and several bargain shops, food vendors, and visitors have sprung up. There is a variety of second-hand stores, and we indulged in a shopping spring. We have gotten to know the El Salvadorians as fierce and optimistic, and the historic center represents precisely this to us.
We visited the National Library, where the peace bibliography is exhibited. Shortly after Valentine’s day, we found a wall created by visitors expressing their love for their country, peace, and literature.
It sits right next to the Catedral Metropolitana. The impressive Palacio National, the republic’s first building, was initially constructed in 1870. Today the Palacio Nacional is home to the national archives and sometimes features art exhibitions.
San Salvador’s Teatro Nacional might be the oldest theater in all of Central America. It is the most important for arts and culture in El Salvador.