Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Cartago

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Visit Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) to see one of Cartago's architectural gems. Built in 1924, it stands on the grounds of an earlier church destroyed in an earthquake. Legend has it that a little girl found a statue of Our Lady of the Angels on this site; the statue, however, kept disappearing and returning to the place where it was found. Today, the basilica still houses the treasured statue, kept in a golden shell. Admire the distinctive Byzantine architectural style of the basilica, a site of pilgrimage for millions of people each year. Don't miss a peek into the dramatic, cavernous interior. Make Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) part of your personalized Cartago itinerary using our Cartago trip itinerary planner.
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  • Much more than I expected. The church is huge and stunning, but there are also the additional displays which are very interesting and add so much to the experience. Even if you are not religious, it i...  more »
  • With a familiar background story of a child finding an unusual statuette of Virgin Mary, This place has has it's own folklore and following especially during the feast. There's an interesting museum, ...  more »
  • There is more to see than just the Basilica although watching the parishioners of all ages walk down the isle on their knees was humbling. One can also visit the spring where the 'holy' water is locat...  more »
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  • It is a very beautiful building with important historic value for the Costa Rican people. For those who are lovers of art I would suggest you go and enjoy its captivating design. There are those who WALK from all parts of Costa Rica to this church which is imprssive and it is an experience I would never do again, one time is more than enough.
  • Beautiful interior and great acoustics during the mass.
  • Its a church in Cartago, the place is also consider a popular landmark. People from all around the country go walking to this church in August 2nd.
  • Very nice church. Did not go to attend a service, but rather on a tour of Cartago. Very well designed inside and out. Check out the area down the spiral steps outside. There's also some gift shops there too.
  • Clean atmosphere people that intent to do more good with their time and money than others