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

Address: C. 16, between Avdas. 2 and 4, Cartago, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-551-0465
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Cartago
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This church is best known for the 1635 appearance of the country's patron saint, the Black Virgin...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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46 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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Ridgewood, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The Basilica sits in the center of Cartago on the square. It is clearly an important feature of the town. From the outside you can see the well-constructed building and you are freely encourage to come in and appreciate the fine stone and wood work in the church. The cathedral has more or less survived several earthquakes with some damage.... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Our tour guide was a young Costa Rican friend, well versed in the history of the place. Pilgrims come to this site be healed, and then again to give thanks for having been healed. Our guide shared that she had made the pilgrimage from San Jose to this church several times, accompanying a family who were giving thanks for such... More 

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Herradura, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

When you are accustomed to the great european cathedrals (Strasbourg, Chartres,Reims etc..)this basilica is ,yes,average.It also pales besides churches like the ones on the Zocalo (Mexico City) or in Cusco which convey the feeling of colonial times. As a site in the middle of a city with few interesting buildings and no urbanism it is however welcome as are the... More 

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tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Fortunate to arrive at mass time and sit at one of the old benches by the doors ,fabulous view at the same time! Stunning colonial and Byzantine architecture give this basilica all the beauty of old European churches . Take your time to enjoy the beautiful stained glass windows and other religious relics throughout the basilica . Please be aware... More 

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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is by far the most beautiful church in Costa Rica with great photo opportunities. The plaza surrounding it is nice too.

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