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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 10 Attractions in Cartago
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Cartago, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A lot of religiuos tradition, history and reverence for our mother. At the "pilita" you can collect blessed water to take home and also visit the stone where the Virgin was found.

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Wiscasset, Maine, USA
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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21 reviews 21 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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Cartago, Costa Rica
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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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33 helpful votes 33 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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