San Vicente, El Salvador

San Vicente
Municipality
Cathedral of San Vicente
Cathedral of San Vicente
Flag of San Vicente
Official seal of San Vicente
San Vicente is located in El Salvador
San Vicente
San Vicente
Location in El Salvador
Coordinates: 13°38′43″N 88°47′03″W / 13.64528°N 88.78417°W / 13.64528; -88.78417Coordinates: 13°38′43″N 88°47′03″W / 13.64528°N 88.78417°W / 13.64528; -88.78417
Country El Salvador
DepartmentSan Vicente Department
Established1824
Area
 • Total267.25 km2 (103.19 sq mi)
Elevation
390 m (1,280 ft)
Population
 (2012)
 • Total53,213
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
WebsiteOfficial website (in Spanish)

San Vicente (Spanish pronunciation: [sam biˈsente]) is a municipality in the San Vicente department of El Salvador. It was founded by 50 Spanish families in 1635 under the Tempisque tree, which is still standing today.

Historic sites

One point of interest is the Tower of San Vicente, designed by French Architect Eugenio Basilio Crepiat (the Spanish version of his name), located at the center of the city in Cañas Park. It was damaged by an earthquake in 2001. Repairs have since been made, and the tower is once again the hub of many festivities. Another point of interest is water complex "Amapulapa" which is a water park that has multiple pools a water cascade and multiple restaurants and bars. The city has several local festivals, which take place at Cañas Park. Among these are the gastronomic festivals, which are usually held every month.

Street view of San Vicente (2a Avenida Sur)

Religion

San Vicente is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Vicente.

Geography

San Vicente is situated in a volcanic region abounding in hot springs and geysers.[1]

El Salvador's second highest volcano, the San Vicente volcano (also known as "Chichontepec" or "Las Chiches"), is located next to the city.

References

  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "San Vicente" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.


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