Monument to the Revolution

A downtown icon dating back to a key historic event of 1948, it's a great place to start your exploration of San Salvador.

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Monument to the Revolution

An impressive mosaic monument to a pivotal point in 20th-century history.

This is one of those works that is particularly impressive from afar, so the best way to begin your approach is with a stroll along Avenida de la Revolución, which leads up to it. That's when you start to get a sense of its size - a couple of storeys high. Essentially it's a curved wall of colourful mosaic art, made of up stones brought from across the country, depicting in a modernistic way an unclothed fellow representing the Salvadoran people freed from tyranny following the 1948 overthrow of a short-lived military strongman, General Salvador Castaneda Castro, triggering a constitutional reform of great importance in the country. Right behind it is the Museum of Art, which of course makes a perfect next stop after you've taken in "El Chulón," as it's is popularly known (local slang for "naked bloke").

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