Ruinas de Ujarras, San Jose

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Visit Ruinas de Ujarras, the remains of Costa Rica’s oldest church, which was built between 1575 and 1580. The facades and altar of the church, which was originally constructed from limestone, have been restored. Located in the Orosi Valley, the ruins sit amid flat, grassy plains, and a vibrant garden full of shady trees. According to legend, an indigenous farmer found an image of the Virgin Mary, which he was unable to remove from the location. The event led to the church being built at its current location. Put Ruinas de Ujarras on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our San Jose online route planner .
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  • A nice site. The ruins are a building that, despite the time, still retains something of its essence.
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  • A Little nice park .- The ruins of its colonial church are located 1 kilometer from the northwest shore of Lake Cachi. This ancient construction of "calicanto" (masonry of lime and stone) is all that ...  more »
  • It is a place where you can spend the day with your family, children can play, the place has a very nice story.
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  • Nice quiet and safr place if you like the outdoors. Ruins of a church of XVI century. Many trees and some wood tables. Ideal for a picnic. Bathrooms not well mantained.
  • It's a public green area to go and explore, it was a church and it's now a landmark since it fell down due to an earthquake. Good por a picnic, photos. When I went a couple months ago they didn't charge entrance and there are public restrooms.
  • I didn't know about these until I met my beautiful girlfriend. Nobody ever talks about them outside this area.
  • Free, drop by if you pass. Chance to see some wild parrots living in the ruins.
  • History buffs will enjoy this place. Well kept gardens

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