Catedral Metropolitana Cathedral, San José

Visit one of the most important architectural works of Costa Rica, The Metropolitan Cathedral, in San José

Catedral Metropolitana Cathedral, San José
Catedral Metropolitana Cathedral
© Andy Rusch

The Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral) is one of the most singular and symbolic buildings of San José which was built with the objective of settling and spreading the Christian religion in Costa Rica and has become the epicentre of the Costa Rican Christian faith.

The Catedral Metropolitana has one of the most diverse architectures of Costa Rica, where Neoclassical, Baroque and Greek style combine. The building’s heterogeneity is a result of the continuous remodelling and restoration that the building has endured due to seismic disturbances, so they had to protect its structure several times.

The person responsible for its stripped-down appearance and its impressive size is the architect Eusebio Rodríguez. This architect approaches to the colonial style, as can be seen in the reflections of the large glass windows with biblical episodes or in the mosaic’s floor.

Some of the curiosities of the cathedral are the Hoffman tombs, where the Costa Rican second archbishop and the ex-president Tomás Guardia are buried. Besides, the “Archbishop´s Palace” and “The Curia” are next to the Catedral Metropolitana.

The Catedral Metropolitana has become a both religious and architectural national reference, so it should be a must-see on your trip to San José.

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Between Central Street and 2nd Avenue, San José.

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