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Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)

C. 16, between Avdas. 2 and 4, Cartago, Costa Rica
506-551-0465
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Cartago
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: This church is best known for the 1635 appearance of the country's patron saint, the Black Virgin. An annual pilgimage takes place in August.
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Wiscasset, Maine, USA
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The history here is palpable. Especially notice the ceiling of the church. Take the chance to be very quiet, and you'll be rewarded.

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round rock, tx usa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Very short drive from San Jose, CR to Basilica in Cartago. Incredibly beautiful ornate old(1685?) church. Cartago is also quaint and worth walking some of the streets. Helpful to have a passenger who can watch for signs which are few and far between. but with some care you won't get lost. A great 1/2 day trip. Another great trip ...take... More

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Penngrove, California, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Basilica is one of the reasons I moved to Cartago. I am not Catholic, I really don't practice any specific religion, but one cannot help but feel whatever your Higher Powers presence here. It is so beautiful inside and out, the atmosphere is indescribable. . Truthfully, there are no words to describe the beauty, peace and awesomeness.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

it is a nice plaeto visit due to architecture and religius culture. t is is a must! it is also nice to vist at night when all the lights are on

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Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Every year, from all parts of Costa Rica, devotees of the our lady the Virgen Mary, begin walking as a penance or a promise to make a visit. The big day is the 1st of August, as the next day is a national holiday. People that are sick, or are looking for a job, or any help, will make a... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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124 reviews 124 reviews
50 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Cartago has just few attractions to offer. But this basilica will heal your worries and bad mood from the town. It's admirable. Beautiful piece of architecture.

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Newcastle, Canada
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11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited the Basilica on a Sunday & so were pleased to be able to see many parishioners in the church. There was also church music playing which really set the mood. The grounds as well as the basilica itself are beautiful & worth the visit. We were surprised to see the layout of the basilica prepared with raised motifs... More

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Linthicum, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The Basilica is well worth stopping at if you are passing by Cartago. It is easy to get to, its history is fascinating, and it is absolutely gorgeous inside.

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Houston, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The history of this beautiful Basilica is amazing no matter what your religion or denomination. The architecture is beautiful and the people at the facility were warm and inviting. The inside of the church is absolutely amazing and the tour underneath is very interesting. I especially liked the ability to see the history of the foundation for this 100+ year... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The most impressive thing, for me, was the magnificent architecture, the gorgeous stained glass windows and the handsomely carved wood. The most annoying was the commercial aspect when you visit the rock with the replica of the found statuette of the black virgin and child, where there are pipes coming out of the wall, with what seems to be tap... More

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