Posted by: RasmaSandra | February 18, 2018

Sensational San Jose

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We’ve arrived in Costa Rica, a rugged country with rainforests in Central America with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific.  The country is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity.

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Its capital is San Jose, sitting in the Central Valley region with the Talamanca Mountains to the south and volcanoes to the north.

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Plaza de la Cultura is a concrete plaza right in the heart of downtown. Here you can people watch while enjoying the sunshine. There are juggling clowns to entertain and vendors selling wares.

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Teatro Nacional is located on the southern side of the Plaza de la Cultura. It was constructed in 1897 and has a neo-Classical facade that is flanked by statues of Beethoven and famous 17th-century Spanish dramatist Claderon de la Barca. You’ll be impressed by the marble lobby and the auditorium that is lined with paintings, depicting 19th-century life. There are hourly tours available and you can relax in the cafe.

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Museo de Jade is home to the world’s largest collection of American jade. There are five floors offering seven exhibits. You can see nearly 7000 finely carved, well-conserved pieces, from translucent jade carvings that depict fertility goddesses, shamans, frogs and snakes to amazing ceramics including a unique ceramic head that displays a row of serrated teeth. There is a museum cafe.

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Museo de Oro Pre-Colombino y Numismatica is a three-in-one museum with an extensive collection of Costa Rica’s most priceless pieces of pre-Columbian gold and other artifacts among them historical currency and some contemporary regional art. The museum is located underneath the Plaza de la Cultura.

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Museo Nacional de Costa Rica is entered through a lovely glassed-in atrium that houses an exotic butterfly garden. You can see exhibits of pre-Columbian pieces as well as artifacts from the colony and the early republic. All of these are housed in the old Bellavista Fortress which once served historically as the army headquarters and saw fierce fighting in the 1948 civil war. Here President Jose Figueres Ferrer announced in 1949 that he was abolishing the country’s military. Among the most notable pieces here is the fountain pen that Figueres used to sign the 1949 constitution.

The period galleries in the northeast corner feature turn-of-the-20th-century furnishings and decor from the time that these rooms served as the private residences of the fort’s various commanders.

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Barrio Amon is a pleasant and historic neighborhood. Here you can find a cluster of coffee grower mansions that were constructed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the historic buildings have been converted into hotels, restaurants, and offices. This is a key arts center.

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Museo de los Ninos & Galeria Nacional is two museums in one. It has found its home in an old penitentiary that was built in 1909. It is part children’s museum and part art gallery. Small children love the hands-on exhibits relating to science, geography and natural history. Adults enjoy the contemporary art displayed in abandoned prison cells.

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Parque Nacional is one of the nicest green spaces in the city. There are shady spots to relax and benches to sit on.

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At the center is the Monumento Nacional, a 1953 statue that depicts the Central American nations driving out North American filibuster William Walker. There are other monuments that are devoted to Latin American historical figures among them Cuban poet, essayist and revolutionary Jose Marti, Mexican independence figure Miguel Hidalgo and 18th-century Venezuelan humanist Andres Bello.

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Across the street stands the Asamblea Legislativa, with an important statue of Juan Santamaria, the young man who helped get Walker out of Costa Rica.

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Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica where you can see on display snakes, turtles, caimans and a large crocodile.

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There are also some resident spiders and capuchin monkeys and a couple of ocelots.

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Catedral Metropolitana was built in 1871. It has a neo-Classical interior with colorful Spanish-tile floors, stained glass windows and a Christ figure. On the north side of the nave, you’ll find a recumbent Christ, dating back to 1878 that draws devout Ticos, who come to pray and deposit pleas that have been written on small slips of paper.

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Parque Morazan was named for Francisco Morazin, the 19th century general who attempted to unite the Central American nations under a single flag. This park gets illuminated in the evenings.

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At the center is the Temple de Musica, a concrete bandstand that serves as an unofficial symbol of San Jose.

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Teatro Melico Salazar is located on the north side of Parque Central and was built in 1928 in Beaux-Arts style. It was named after Costa Rican tenor Melico Salazar, who performed internationally. It was the site of the 2002 presidential inauguration and regularly hosts plays, concerts and other cultural events.

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Spirogyra Jardin de Mariposas is home to over 30 species of butterfly including the luminescent blue morpho – in plant-filled enclosures.

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Monumento Leon Cortes this bronze statue of the 1930s Costa Rican president stands at the eastern entrance to La Sabana Park.

 

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