Church Of Texistepeque
It is found in the town of the same name, head of the municipality of Texistepeque. Its elevation is of 405 meters over the sea level. It is located at 85 kilometers of San Salvador, on the highway towards Metapán, and at 17 kilometers to the north of Santa Ana city. It is not known who built it, but its edification probably dates back to the 18th century.
Its style is Baroque, with a facade of altarpiece type, divided in three bodies and decorated by half columns and semi-arched niches. The españada is finished off by scrolls and pinnacles, and crowned by a kind of tabernacle that houses a clock. The steeples are embedded on the facade and they are of a later construction. The lateral facades have supporting columns and are decorated with entablature. The roof is at the moment of Iron sheets, but previously, it was built with wood and tiles.
The interior of the church is a wing containing ten wooden columns of a single trunk with stone bases of almost 80 centimeters of height. Inside the church, the roof is wooden and you can appreciate the suspenders, which are what is conserved of the coffered Mudejar.
In the year of 1737, the neighbors of Belen-Guijar emigrated to Texistepeque taking the image of their Santa patron the Virgen de Belen de Guija. From then on, the patron festivities in their honor take place from December 23 to December 27. Another festivity takes place in honor of San Esteban on January 15.
There are parochial registrations of the 18th century and data in the General Registration of Central America that say: “the community of the town of San Esteban-Texistepeque requests funds to finish the reconstruction of the town (year 1743)”. In 1755, they were given the fourth part of the tributes paid for the reconstruction of the temple.