Central Bank (Banco Central), San Jose

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  • The building of the Central Bank of Costa Rica was opened in 1968 and is included on the list of bad buildings high in the country with its 33 meters and 10 floors. To your construction began soon after the third part of the twentieth century when there was an architectural and demographic growth is very important for developing country when the need for new construction. The construction of a new building in the Toumón neighborhood that will have six floors and 230 parking spaces will begin in 2018, it will take 16 months to complete and will house four bureaus that are working in other locations. The building that now houses the headquarters of the Central Bank-BCCR is located on Central Avenue corner of first street, and the museums of the Central Bank (Museo del Oro Precolombino y el Museo de Numismatics) are underground culture square, open to the public every day of the 9:15 the 17:00 hours by the tourist price of 5,500 colónes (Wednesday is free). Arriving at BCCR my attention was entirely focused on a set of sculptures that are on the outside of the building, one that soon identified as the monument LOS gifts is one of the most expressive works found in San José because dignifies the root the people of Costa Rica. Composed of nine life-size human figures, campesinos barefoot, with straw hats to protect themselves from the scorching sun and axes in hand, meaning that with hard work and sweat helped build the nation. The faces tough, strong, silent and static, but that convey the rebellion of the peasants that in a situation of danger and threat of disappear in the face of modernization. This beautiful work that represents the Costa Rican peasant, the inhabitants of Valle Central, each figure is placed in hierarchical levels demonstrating the Organization of groups of workers who helped build the country, and that in fact, I could Note that only one of them, the first, is using shoes, the other members are barefooted and positioned according to the generations family and paternal power. That is, the first in line is the leader of the Group and this is the only one who wears shoes. The use of the shoe was the differentiator representative of economic power, in other queues are the ones who should them obedience. Worth checking out this wonderful creation of the Costa Rican sculptor Fernando Calvo, who in 1980 was awarded the prize of the Annual Salon of sculpture and in 1982 the Premio Nacional Aquileo j. Echeverría.
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  • Next to the National Bank, these bronze sculptures represent the people of the land, the peasants with the idea of never forget from whence we came. These silhouettes and faces are really very expressive and the Bank in the background well gives the measure of the message.
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  • These are fun to photograph, especially close-ups. They are life size and remarkable in their bronzed and weathered state. Costa Rican artist Fernando Calvo made this set of bronze statues entitled “P...  more »
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  • Place for money exchange at good rate. Staff was very nice and professional. Remember to bring the passport original!! Not copy!!
  • Good to visit.
  • Very well located.
  • Large bank.
  • Photos of San Jose, the Central Bank, post office, the Italian Embassy and of local and city streets.
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