El Salvador: San Salvador – City Center

San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador also has a reputation for safety problems, but we ventured to the central part of the city anyway (though awful and rule-less traffic jams). The city center is a greed of about a dozen streets with several parks and a few major attractions and points of interest. The main Plaza Gerardo Barrios has the massive Metropolitan Cathedral towering over it, next to it on the right is Palacio Nacional, and opposite is the Chinese construction site of the future National Library. A block away is Plaza Libertad with a couple museums and pretty colonial architecture facing it, as well as the modernist-looking Iglesia del Rosario. All in all, San Salvador is busy, dirty, loud, and not particularly enjoyable.