San Miguel, El Salvador

San Miguel
City
San Miguel, El Salvador
San Miguel, El Salvador
Flag of San Miguel
Flag
Official seal of San Miguel
Seal
San Miguel is located in El Salvador
San Miguel
San Miguel
Location in El Salvador
Coordinates: 13°28′53″N 88°10′39″W / 13°28′53″N 88°10′39″W / 13.48139; -88.17750
Country El Salvador
DepartmentSan Miguel Department
Founded1530
Government
 • MayorMiguel Pereira
Area
 • Total593.98 km2 (229.34 sq mi)
Elevation
129 m (423 ft)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total581,410
 • Density980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Official website (in Spanish)

San Miguel is a city in eastern El Salvador. It is the country's third most populous city. It is located 138 km east of the capital, San Salvador. It is also the capital of the department of San Miguel and a municipality. The population of the city in 2017 was 518,410.

History

Luis de Moscoso Alvarado established the village of San Miguel de la Frontera (Saint Michael of the Frontier) on May 8, 1530, as a bastion for the conquest of the Lenca kingdom of Chaparrastique (Place of Beautiful Orchids).[1] By 1586 the village had obtained the title of city.

In 1655, a volcanic eruption almost destroyed the entire city. According to legend, the devastation was so severe that only an image of Satan in the parish church was spared.[1]

Other Languages
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Сан-Мігель (Сальвадор)
हिन्दी: सान-मीगोल
日本語: サンミゲル
suomi: San Miguel
Tiếng Việt: San Miguel, El Salvador