Ruins of the Church of Carthage

Ruins of the Church of Carthage, Cartago

Ruins of the Church of Carthage

Ruins of the Church of Carthage
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Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
Lots of bugs, mosquitoes, rashes, jk it’s was wonderful!!!! so beautiful!!!!!! A recommend place to go!
Written September 19, 2019
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CWRiley
Hamilton50 contributions
Family
As Cartago was the former town, we thought that we would visit it in search of unique architecture. That was not the case, aside from the inside of the church. We ran into an American who lives in Costa Rica three months out the year and asked him what else was there to see in the town. He mentioned the Ruins and it was worth the short ten-minute walking from the church. After facing several calamities, it was decided not to rebuild this church and today it stands as a ruin. It is a lovely park with well-manicured grounds but you are not permitted to go within the walls of the building. This, too, reminded me of a bit of home, the Unfinished Church in St. George's, Bermuda.
Written February 22, 2019
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brigadier192003
Phoenix, AZ149 contributions
Couples
The church was destroyed by an earthquake years ago but the city took good care of what is left of the ruins. It is about 600 meters from the Basilica. The inside grounds are neatly and wonderfully kept with trimmed grass and lovely flowering bushes and plants and some large trees offering shade to those that decide to walk through. All that is left is the outside walls, and of course, no roof. People walk around the ruins and sit on the steps, young lovers and elderly couples talking and soaking up the atmosphere. It was serene with no loud talking or laughing, as if the people feel that it was not be appropriate to do so. I believe that one day a week the gates are unlocked so people can walk inside. It would be nice if people took an umbrella to protect them for the sun and/or the rain. Take a direct bus from San Jose and save a lot of money. For 375 collones each way (1.50 total) you cannot beat the comfort of these buses and the trip is only 30-45 minutes.
Written July 23, 2016
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panamama
Providence, RI772 contributions
Couples
These ruins are neither impressive nor well cared for. They're in the middle of town, but the traffic is so bad, but there is really no place nor no reason to stop.
Written March 14, 2019
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JamesFFC
Maidenhead, UK653 contributions
A nice park and fairly impressive ruins but you can't go inside and there isn't a whole lot to see once you've walked once around the ruins. Fairly impressive for a onetime visit but I wouldn't rush back.
Written November 16, 2020
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Harmonie
Antwerp, Belgium857 contributions
Many churches have been built on this place, but all have been destroyed by successive earthquakes. These ruins are the remnants of the last attempt to build a church on this place, destroyed in 1910.
Built in almost black lava stone, the ruins are impressive and a little stroll through the lovely garden inside is worthwile
Written January 21, 2020
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Serge Arias
Cartago, Costa Rica40 contributions
Solo
Lovely park inside the ruins, full of history and colorful flowers! This place is very important for the locals and a total landmark if you visit Cartago, the former capital of Costa Rica!
Written October 9, 2019
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Raroboy
Canada544 contributions
Couples
Are the ruins of the iglesia de la parroquia
it got built in 1575, destroyed in the 1841 earthquake, rebuilt and then destroyed in the earthquake on April 13, 1910. Never got rebuilt. So happy they didn't tear down the walls. Is now a beautiful garden and looks stunning with the walls of the church. Could not enter and could not find any signs indicating if you could enter.
Written February 18, 2019
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Andrew
Devon, UK222 contributions
There are only a couple of reasons to stop off in Cartago and this is one of them. However we were disappointed that you were not allowed to wander around inside, nor was there enough information on the history of the unfinished building.
Written February 9, 2019
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Eliz
Dayton, OH43 contributions
Couples
Wonderfully decaying church ruins, in the midst of a bustling city center. The ruins of the most recent cathedral, destroyed by a series of earthquakes, aren't as old as they seem, but lovely and mysterious nonetheless. The rough hewn foundation rocks are pretty impressive. Seeing the way the the teens and working people of Cartago use this public space, is actually the best part. Worth a slight detour, if driving into San Jose.
Written April 10, 2017
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