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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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Penngrove, California, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 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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Prague, Czech Republic
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112 reviews 112 reviews
44 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Cartago has just few attractions to offer. But this basilica will heal your worries and bad mood from the town. It's admirable. Beautiful piece of architecture.

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Newcastle, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited the Basilica on a Sunday & so were pleased to be able to see many parishioners in the church. There was also church music playing which really set the mood. The grounds as well as the basilica itself are beautiful & worth the visit. We were surprised to see the layout of the basilica prepared with raised motifs... More

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Linthicum, MD
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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86 reviews 86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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31 helpful votes 31 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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8 helpful votes 8 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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