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San Jose Sights

Parque Nacional (National Park)

  • Bordered by Avdas. 1–3 and Cs. 15–19 Map It
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A bronze monument commemorating Central America's battles against North American invader William Walker in 1856 forms the centerpiece of the large, leafy park. Five Amazons, representing the five nations of the isthmus, attack Walker, who shields his face from the onslaught. Costa Rica maintains the lead and shelters a veiled Nicaragua, the country most devastated by the war. Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador might dispute this version of events, but this is how Costa Rica chose to commission the work by French sculptor Louis Carrier Belleuse, a student of Rodin, in 1895. Bas-relief murals on the monument's pedestal depict key battles in the war against the Americans.

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Bordered by Avdas. 1–3 and Cs. 15–19, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

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