Monuments in Costa Rica

If you are keen on culture and history you will enjoy discovering in this section the most important monuments and buildings in Costa Rica

Monuments in Costa Rica
Monuments in Costa Rica
© Tore Berg

One of the most important national monuments in Costa Rica can be found in San José and consists of a sculpture set inside San José National Park. It is the most relevant monument of Costa Rica because it represents the victory of the Central American nations over the foreign invaders known as “filibusters of William Walker”. The National Theater of Costa Rica is located in Juan Mora Fernández Square and is considered to be one of the most important buildings in the national history and the main architectural treasure of the capital city. Some other important monuments and buildings are the National Theater, the picturesque Casa Amarilla, the Castillo Azul, and the Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Merced Church.

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In the Province of Guanacaste, another important monument dedicated to the previously mentioned battle is Hacienda Santa Rosa. It is well-known for being the place where the first battle against the filibusters took place. Nowadays, it is inside Santa Rosa National Park.

The Guayabo National Monument is also one of the most relevant monuments in the country because one of the oldest pre-Hispanic archeological sites of the country is located there. It as well became a world heritage in 2009. This place has different architectonic structures such as mounds, staircases, roads, aqueducts, tombs, petroglyphs, monoliths and sculptures.

Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles Basilica, which is located in the city of Cartago, is devoted to the well admired La Negrita virgin, in whose honour the most important pilgrimage of the country is celebrated in August.

Also, you can find San José de Orosi Church, one of the most antique buildings in the country built by the Franciscan Monks in devotion to Saint Joseph. In the ancient monastery now we can find the Religious Art Museum of Costa Rica.

Moreover, Ujarrás is a village with a great historical importance for the country. The ruins of its colonial church are near the shore of the Cachí Lake. This ruins are interesting to see since they belong to the first church built in the country, what made it become an important pilgrimage site.

The Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes Church is located in the west side of the country, in the city of Grecia. It is a neo-gothic style building and the only all-iron religious building in Central America. It is also considered a national monument.

Finally, the Old Small Fort of Heredia, which looks like a fortified tower, is located in the city of Heredia. An amphitheatre decorated with gardens can be found in the south of this building. The town hall was formerly established there.

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