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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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Linthicum, MD
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you're in the San Jose area and want a quick trip I highly recommend visiting Cartago. If you're visiting the Basilica (which was magnificent), don't miss the ruinas de cartago (different from the Carlos Duran ruins) that are just a ten minute walk away. They were small but beautiful (note: they are not open 7 days a week so... More

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San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Very impressive architecture. Magnificent interior. Plaza outside is lovely. It is peaceful inside, you can just sit there and meditate. It is well worth the visit. It is interesting to see how many people collect the healing waters.

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Cartago, Costa Rica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Though I am not a religionist... this Basilica is beautiful. The building itself projects a powerful message... almost over powering. If I understand correctly, This building contains atleast a piece of every type of wood in Costa Rica. Take the time to visit "The Virgin"... maybe ask for a favor!!! And don't forget the special water which is said to... More

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Winnipeg Canada
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257 helpful votes 257 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We visited this church as part of our tour. It has gorgeous stain glass windows. There is also a grotto at back to visit. There are impressive faux paint work.

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Los Angeles, California
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Miracle of disappearing and reappearing image (doll) of the virgin. Basilica built around and healing water grotto-down ramp to right of church. No charge for visit to church or grotto. Awesome and touching even if not religious. Gorgeous basilica. Large festival lasting a week. Check dates on Wikipedia. See with irazu volcano and Lankester gardens. Nice open air grill restaurant... More

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Nottingham
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138 reviews 138 reviews
71 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I visited this place with a local guide who had a lot of information about the building and history surrounding the stone statue which is something of a local legend. I didn't realise the basilica was rebuilt in the early 1900's following earthquake damage; from the outside on first impressions it looks older. The white painted walls look fabulous when... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Very interesting set and the square full of people from round the world was an experience, Be aware of the crow when visiting the museum part.

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