Really my favorite church that I saw in El Salvador the church on the square in Suchitoto Just has a feel of age. The Paint is faded, the wood is damaged, and it just feels more sacred because of it. The Spanish will soon begin a restoration effort. I hope it doesn't lose its feel with the construction.
Suchitoto, once the capital of the country, is the one and only colonial city of El Salvador. In Náhuat the indigenous language Suchitoto means "Place of the Birds and Flowers".
Maybe it is not that spectacular as for example Antigua (Guatemala) it still has its unique charm.
The church is certainly be the highlight of the historical centre. The're still restoring and I suppose they still wil in the next decades. They do it the Latin way of course ;)
But its wonderfull and charming. The interiour is mostly wood and gives a certain athmosphere.
The exterior you can admire from one of the two terrases on the square enjoying the shadow of the gallerys.
If you would like a little walk, you should go down to the lake of Suchitlán. It's a bit walking and you have to climb hard by coming back, but it's worth it. Fisherman are fishing on the shores while Amazon kingfishers and herons do it their way.
On the north side of the town there is a park overlooking Lago de Suchitlan. In the park is a collection of welded artwork depicting the Civil War....parts from guns, heliocopters, ect. Also, I believe this park has the only public restrooms in the town!
Visit La Posada Hotel event if you are not going to stay overnight or eat there. The grounds are kept up like a nice park and the views are spectacular. Also, you can buy El Salvadorean artwork in this beautiful gift and antique shop right in the hotel.
The first recorded church in Suchitoto had a straw roof and was located in the eastern side of the present Central Park. It suffered two fires towards the end of the 18th Century and subsequently, the parish priest Father José Márquez Rendón succeeded, with the help of the faithful to collect sufficient funds to construct a new church in its present site. Building commenced in 1853, under Don Cayetano Bosque, using superior materials to the former building, tiles for the roof and facades constructed from a mixture of plaster, stone and brick.
In 1858 the major works were accomplished which give the church the form and architectural details we can still appreciate today.
The most notable architectural feature is the front facade of medium point arches with beautiful mouldings over six Ionic columns.
It has two towers, one containing the bell and the other various metal bars which, when struck produce distinct sounds. In the centre of the triangular front one finds an ancient clock which marks the hours with bells according to the time.
A small tower, embellished with medium point arcs crowns the top. All these elements confer significant historical and architectural importance, which caused the church to be declared a national monument.
The building also reflects the important conservation and restoration works carried out by CONCULTURA with Spanish funding and with the assistance of the Suchitoto Trade School, although one can still view parts which have remained untouched since the middle of the 19th century
This is one of the oldest buildings in the Town. The first owner was the notable Spaniard Don Patricio Mejía. When it was first constructed, there were only two other buildings in the town, which boasted tiled roofs, the Church and the Parochial House, and for this it was knows as " The House of the Tiles".
Various noble and wealthy families occupied the house until 1952 when it was occupied by the 'Escuela Normal de Suchitoto', a teacher training establishment.
During the 1980's both the effects of the war and natural wear and tear left it almost in ruins and for this it was renamed the 'Teatro de Las Ruinas'.
Today the Comité Pro Rescate Suchitoto has largely reconstructed the building as a theatre, conserving its original facades and other elements of the older building. Interestingly, it has continued to host artistic and cultural events during its metamorphous from a state of ruins to a modern theatre of which Suchitoto is justifiably proud
The main place in Suchitoto is the park, with the Santa Lucia church, The Casa de Cultura and some cafés and restaurants...