One of the most memorable days of my trip to El Salvador was the very first day there. It was spent wandering wide-eyed through the streets, markets, squares and churches of the country’s crowded capital, San Salvador. The guidebooks say that travelers should avoid the downtown area, and to be especially wary of bringing a camera down there. I’m so glad I ignored this advice. Although we were the only tourists to be seen all day, we felt safe and welcome (and yes, I’ll admit, a bit overwhelmed… but in the good way.)
We managed to find what can only be described as the secret entrance to Iglesia El Rosario. From the outside it looked like a stained, weather-worn heap of concrete that had been abandoned or at least severely neglected for decades.
From the inside it looked like this…