A grandiose neoclassical edifice that has housed all three branches of government (and still serves some state functions), it's an impressive part of Salvadoran history.

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National Palace

Once the nerve centre of the country's politics, it makes for a fascinating visit.

Among the bustle of pedestrians in the area of downtown's Civic Plaza, the grandiose neoclassical National Palace, built in the first decade of the 20th century, is well worth your attention. There are more than 100 rooms, including four large salons, the Red (still used for political functions), Yellow (once the president's office, now used for diplomatic functions), Blue (used in the past by the national parliament), and Pink (once used by the supreme court and ministry of defence). It's open weekdays from 8am to 4pm.

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