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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  • Very nice preserved the area, although I think that this evil which does not open to the public on Sundays, many families and tourists are in the area that day.
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  • The ruins of Ujarrás, constitutes it a 14th century Church / XV, in ruins, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, located on the outskirts of Carthage, in the Orosi Valley-Road, about 40 kilometers from San Jose, more or less time and travel 15.-If you have time It should be a must-see in Costa Rica.
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  • The Orosi Valley is a place of extraordinary beauty, and there you will find the ruins of Ujarrás. It is a recomendadisima for those who walk about.
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  • This is a nice stop in a generally rural area of Costa Rica. The ruins help tell a story of the earliest Spanish settlements in Costa Rica. The best part about the Ruinas de Ujarras is that there is no charge.
  • Beautiful old church ruins surrounded by lovely gardens. There were parrots in the trees and it looked like some of them had nests in holes in the church wall.
  • The ruins date from the late 17th century, though the church site goes back to the 1540s. A very nice, tranquil park that enjoys a quiet, spiritual intensity.
  • Nice historic place but not many things to do here. No attractions whatsoever
  • Free admission and is less than 30 minutes away from Cartago. I recommend stopping at the Mirador Ujarres site (free admission) for a splendid view of the valley before descending down to the ruin. It's great for those history buff and anyone who are interested in seeing a 16th century ruin.

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