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Shrines in El Salvador honor martyrs and victims of violence

El Salvador has many small roadside crosses that mark the spots where people have died in accidents.

One also frequently sees localized shrines in public spots like markets, intersections and assassination sites. People commonly leave flowers — real or artificial. Only in a small number of places, like a shrine to St. Anthony at San Antonio Sonsonate or to Our Lady of Guadeloupe in San Salvador, does one see ex voto offerings, and even these are small and symbolic, made of wax in a uniform style. 

Shrines also commemorate the loss of lives to violence in El Salvador, such as the grotto inside the ruins of the original Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church, Izalco.

The church of Santa Lucia in Juayúa has a popular shrine to the Cristo Negro.

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