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Iglesia de San José de Orosi

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Iglesia de San José de Orosi Review

The town of Orosi, in the heart of the valley, has but one major attraction: this beautifully restored 1743 church, the country's oldest house of worship still in use, and one of the few structures in Costa Rica remaining from the colonial era. Set in a garden, against a green mountainside, it has a classic Spanish-colonial whitewashed facade and bell tower, with a roof made of cane overlaid with terra-cotta barrel tiles. Inside are an antique wooden altar and ancient paintings of the Stations of the Cross and the Virgin of Guadalupe, all brought to Costa Rica from Guatemala. The religious-art museum next door has a small but exquisite collection of furniture and artifacts from the original Franciscan monastery here. A huge, modern new church is being built beside the historic one, but happily it's just far enough away not to spoil photos of the picturesque church.

    Contact Information

  • Address: West side of soccer field, Orosi, 30203 | Map It
  • Phone: /2533–3051
  • Cost: Museum $1
  • Hours: Church Tues.–Fri. 9–noon and 1–5, weekends 9–noon and 1–7; museum Tues.–Sat. 1–5, Sun. 9–5
  • Location: The Orosi Valley
Updated: 04-09-2014

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