After our circuit from San Jose to the Pacific coast, then to the Arenal and Monteverde areas, we return to San Jose. Our last stop on the road was Grecia to visit a church and take a break. Grecia is located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and calls itself the cleanest town in Latin America.
Iglesia de la Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes at first glance looks like a red brick building.
But it is constructed with prefabricated steel plates painted red imported from Belgium in the 1890’s. It is built in the Gothic style architecture that developed in the late medieval period or Middle Ages. This was roughly from the 5th to 15th century.
Characteristics of Gothic architecture included pointed arches, a rib vault, rose windows, towers, and/or spires. Towers are seen in the first picture.
Once a teacher, always a teacher, I guess. Plus, I love history.
Our final tour was the Opera House in San Jose. The proper name is The National Theatre of Costa Rica (Spanish: Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica). Construction began in 1891 with a grand opening in 1897 with a production of Goethe’s “Faust”.
It is located in the central section of San José, Costa Rica. The traffic into and out of the city center was horrific.
Financing for the building included a heavy export tax on coffee growers.
The building’s decor is very reminiscent of European churches and castles. The architect had traveled to Europe and wanted to duplicate the style and grandeur he saw there.
This could actually be from one of the castles of King Ludwig of Germany. Same style.
This looks like the gilded walls found in Germany’s fairytale castle or Neuschwanstein. Disney’s castle is copied from it. Opulence to the extreme.
Ah, buildings from the 19th century, even in the US national capital, really drip with splendor.
Once again, I want to say thank you to Diane Atchison for allowing me to use her photographs (the ones without my copyright) for my Costa Rica postings. They gave a more complete picture of our trip. With this post, I’m saying adios to our Costa Rica trip.
Thanks, readers, especially those who consistently read my blog. I love sharing plants and trips with you all. Your time and encouragement are much appreciated.
“Life is what you make of it. Pura Vida.” Costa Rica adage