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

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Address: C. 16, between Avdas. 2 and 4, Cartago, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-551-0465
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Description: This church is best known for the 1635 appearance of the country's patron...
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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Beautiful and serene!

The church is beautiful and peaceful, even when it is full of people. It is a must see attraction. If you get a chance go during the peregrination on August 1 or 2.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The church is beautiful and peaceful, even when it is full of people. It is a must see attraction. If you get a chance go during the peregrination on August 1 or 2.

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Nutley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you are a Spiritual person (maybe even if you are not) the peace is meaningful and history of the appearance breathtaking. A place of pillgrimage.

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St Ives, Cambs, Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The focus of the city, once the capital, before and after the volcano and earthquake. The stained glass windows are beautiful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The Church is located in Cartago. It is nice and big but asides from that there is not much too see. It's an old church but has been remodeled and is in great shape. You can get holy water there if you would like and outside they sell overpriced sourvenirs. It is in walking distance from the center of Cartago... More 

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Noosa Heads
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I wouldn't go out of my way to see the church but it is nice enough if you are in the area. Quite pretty building and interesting to see the devotees pray.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Let's face it this is not a pretty church, at least not on my book. The pictures actually make it look nicer than it is. The interior is even worse than the outside. I would not go out of my way, avoid Cartago all together and go to the Orosi valley.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Cartago is not known for its attractions which are very few, but Our Lady of the Angels Basilica surely is a grand item of architecture.

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Columbus, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Basilica is about the only thing to see in Cartago. It's worth a short visit to see the national shrine of Costa Rica. Obviously, if you are a Catholic it will have even more meaning for you. Make sure to visit the exhibition downstairs with all the mementos and relics left by folks thanking the Virgin for miracles and... More 

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Massillon,Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Large cathedral. Nothing exceptional Lots of beautiful woodwork Large plaza. Would stop if convenient

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

As one observer mentioned if you've seen a lot of foreign cathedrals there isn't anything particularly interesting or beautiful about this one. Presumably in order to avoid suffering the same fate as the nearby Catholic basilica (twice destroyed by earthquakes and now in ruins with no roof and a garden inside) there is extensive use of sheet metal and plywood... More 

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