Castillo Azul, Costa Rica

Come and visit one of San José’s most symbolic buildings, the charming Castillo Azul and learn its story

Castillo Azul, Costa Rica
Castillo Azul
© Esteban Cervantes Jiménez

The Castillo Azul (Blue Castle) is one of the most emblematic buildings of Costa Rica, becoming a political and historic reference for the Costa Rican people. The castle is located at the vicinity of Ricardo Jiménez Boulevard where you can walk through its long pedestrian avenue and visit the adjacent buildings which have a great cultural and social value.

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One of the identifying marks of Castillo Azul is the architectural structure that combines styles as different as the neocolonial or the mediterranean. One of the aspects of the building's aesthetics are its colours, which give it a appearance of spaciousness and sobriety.

The building houses the current Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, but throughout its life, the building had other different roles like, for example, being the Presidential House of dictator Federico Alberto Tinoco or the headquarters of the American Embassy.

Castillo Azul has an incredible story full of ups and downs since it was founded in the republican era commissioned by Máximo Fernández. Thanks to its historic, architectural and political content, The Blue Castle has been recognised as a national monument, becoming one of the most symbolic buildings of Costa Rica.

Castillo Azul has become a touristic reference that you should not miss on your visit to San José.

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