Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción Church, Heredia

Discover the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción Church, a lovely colonial building in Heredia

Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción Church, Heredia
Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción Church
© Esteban Cervantes Jiménez

The Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción Church, which is part of the architectural heritage of Costa Rica, stands out due to its solid appearance. It was built in 1979 and thanks to its 2 meters wide this is the last large colonial building that remains standing in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

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The 1851 earthquake only caused damages on its facade, but were quickly repaired, although the statues of saints that were on the facade disappeared and only one still remains: the one that portrays Saint Peter. While the repairs were carried out, an expansion was made. Other outstanding elements of this church are its bells, that were brought from Cuzco, and its 20 colorful and bright stained glass windows, made in France.

Its interior is divided into three naves by neo-Romanesque columns. The altar is richly decorated with gold sheets and candleholders. There is a little baptistery that is used as a tabernacle.

Two different baroque images of the Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception are stored inside the temple, one at the altar and another one that is processioned.

The visits to this church have its end and peak at the temple’s ample gardens.

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Avenida 2, Heredia, province of Heredia, Costa Rica.

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