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Address: C. 2 and Avda. 3, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Description: A park dedicated to the national hero who lost his life during the 1856...
A park dedicated to the national hero who lost his life during the 1856 invasion of Costa Rica by William Walker.
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Interesting Historical Statue.

If you visit the nearby Alajuela Cathedral, it is worth strolling past this small plaza with its statue of Juan Santa Maria. He was and still is a national hero who died in 1856... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

There is not much here but a statue of a hero who is not so much of a hero in the history of Costa Rica anymore. This guy, Juan, was a hero because during a battle, a crazy US guy who wanted to conquer Central America had created an army with many Nicaraguans. The story, that is now believed not... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

If you visit the nearby Alajuela Cathedral, it is worth strolling past this small plaza with its statue of Juan Santa Maria. He was and still is a national hero who died in 1856 whilst setting to fire to a hostel that contained enemies of Costa Rica (the infamous William Walkers troops) who were on its roof and in a... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

It was really crowded, so I didn't feel comfortable staying long. It could be better maintained, however, I was glad to see that the locals had a tranquil place to gather, sit, and relax.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

THis was a great place to hang out and people watch. Always seemed to be a breeze blowing and a bench available

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This square in the centre of Alajuala features a 120+ yr old statue of Juan Santamaria who as a teenager helped repel invading forces, Now concerts and fiestas are held here , but an interesting stop or walk thru for history buffs

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is a nice place to go to see local families gathering, children playing, grandparents sitting around on benches. I enjoyed it.

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Prince George, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We arrived on 10 April with the intension of departing the next day for Manual Antonio. Big surprise when the streets are closed for a parade. Enjoyed the Juan SantaMarie parade and festival--national holiday for a local gents that kicked the Americans butts in the 1880s. Enjoying the local culture is what international travel is all about? Loved it.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Nothing to see, really. It is one of the places that they hold ceremonies. during the various holidays.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We enjoyed a romantic evening stroll through this quaint and well-maintained square in the heart of Alajuela.

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Dawson, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Lovely spot to people watch, relax and waste the hours away....lots of eateries and shopping nearby.

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Address: C. 2 and Avda. 3, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela

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