Salvador tourists can follow route of Romero

October 29, 2012

The Salvadoran government will open a tourist route in honour of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed by death squads in March 1980.

The initiative, which will begin next year, aims to boost tourism in the country and at the same time remember the legacy of Romero, a staunch defender of human rights and the poor who was hated by the military and oligarchs.

The tour should ensure that “his life and thought are known by foreign visitors and also by new generations of Salvadorans,” said President Mauricio Funes.

The route will include sites like the Metropolitan Cathedral, where the archbishop denounced the injustices that occurred in this country in the late 1970s.

It also will include the Romero Centre and Martyrs Museum, both on the campus of Central American University.