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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

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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106 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 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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122 helpful votes 122 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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59 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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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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New London, Connecticut
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to the basilica. I was moved by the parishioners who came in on their knees all the way to the alter. I could feel the warmth if the church!

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Fethiye, Turkey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Well worth a visit to this church as it is truly beautiful, even though Cartago has nothing else to offer.

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Milton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Worth a stop and a complete walk around the inside and outside. There are several side chapels/transepts, and the alter is impressive. The building is very busy and there are many people sitting in the nave, praying, and crawling up the main aisle. It is not a place to be loud or snap tons of photos. Recommend 30-60 minutes. There... More

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