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Old July 12th, 2012, 05:47 AM   #1
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San Salvador: A Colorful City

I live 100 kilometers away from San Salvador but I travel often to the capital, sometimes I go just for the sake of taking photos, other times I take advantage of the setting of somewhere I visit.

What we have here is one exceptionally chaotic but interesting city with fabulous nooks and crannies vying for attention here and there. Hunting for angles is truly an exhilarating experience since there are so many obstacles like telephone poles, unpredictable weather, savage traffic and an occasional rush of fear that one simply gets when they feel they are being observed by security guards. But the adrenaline is simply unforgettable.

San Salvador for this and many other reasons is an exciting place to practice the sport of point and shoot. Anyhow, this is my take on El Salvador's capital.

Downtown San Salvador: Plaza Barrios

''le poorly drawn out satellite image. featured in light blue is the national palace, olive green displays plaza barrios. our national cathedral building is showcased in tropical orange while the national library's facilities are highlighted in mud brown''

Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador. Not really much of an antique to stare at but the history that lies beneath it's walls give testament to years of bloody conflict. In it's crypt lies the body of Archbishop Romero who was killed by paramilitaries in 1980, an event that some believe triggered the country's infamous twelve year civil war. On top of that, construction began in the seventies and is yet to finalise given that it's not as ornate as planned. It's domes were only topped off in 1997.

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Perspective of cathedral from gates of National Palace

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General view of it's interior

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Moving on... this is Plaza Barrios. The most representative square of the old and neglected center of the city since it lies in front of monuments such as the National Library, National Palace and National Cathedral. Fortunately, things have hit bottom and things are looking a little more up for this part of town that was really hard hit by influx of poor migrants in the 80's and destruction of some of it's core in the October 1986 earthquake. Time seems to have stood still in the city blocks around this picturesque square. It is named after General Gerardo Barrios, the most revered of Salvadoran state men for having introduced reform to law, victories in war for the young republic (1860's) and coffee to national exports.

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National Library in center left

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Random office building alongside low key businesses facing the square.

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National Library in background with municipal (lower height poles) and national flag (tallest pole)

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Panoramic view of Plaza Barrios

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Very incomplete shot of the National Palace. The other half is symmetrical to the visible side in the photo. Later on I will remember my debt to my fellow forumers and take a complete snapshot of our gem-of-a-palace.

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Detail of it's south corner

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I just love the lamps in this square. I could not resist capturing this shot.

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The eastern side of the palace's facade. This building has four sides that are equally stunning. Taken from National Cathedral.

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That ends our short tour of the day of one of San Salvador's many public squares. Next up, a park indeed but a very green and peaceful urban one.

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Old July 12th, 2012, 06:04 AM   #2
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I did enjoy the trip, and your way to tell us the story behind those places. More pictures plz.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 10:26 AM   #3
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nice thread on San Salvador...
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Old July 12th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #4
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Thanks LeandrixSSC and Linguine for commenting.
Before going on to my next update I'm going to boost the thread a little by including two photos of Alisios 115, El Salvador's second tallest residential building at 92 meters tall. Residential high rise architcture is a new feature in the skyline, gaining prominence in 2007. Before then there was only one residential building taller than 50 meters in the city. Alisios 115 was just innaugurated a few weeks ago.

San Salvador is a city of contrasts and this building is located in the chic district of San Benito, just 7 kilometers away from the working class downtown but world's away from the society it represents.
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Close up shot of it's side. I like the blocks.

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Old July 12th, 2012, 08:19 PM   #5
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Amazing and very nice photo trip from El Salvador in San Salvador
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Old July 13th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #6
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Thanks christos-greece for commenting.
Here comes another shameless bump on the thread.

The following photo shows El Salvador's tallest building. Torre El Pedregal tops the 100 meter barrier measuring 104 meters.
Construction began on this 26 floor tower in 2007 and finalised in 2010.

Designed by Legorreta-Legorreta studio in Mexico, it's a telltale sign of growing Mexican influence in local construction. The adjacent Multiplaza mall built in 2004 is also a Legorreta creation.

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I really enjoy the narrative guide and insight that accompany the pictures.
Its been years since I ve last been to El Salvador, thank you so much for posting these images!
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Great pics from San Salvador I'd like to see more of this city and el Salvador in general.
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