Ruinas de Ujarras, San Jose

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#3 of 6 in Historic Sites in San Jose
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. Ruinas de Ujarras is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, San Jose Edition.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We went here to visit this nice historic church ruine. One of the very few in Costa Rica. It is a very nice park close to San Jose (one hour Car trip). This is a good place for a family picnic and tak...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    The entrance is free and runs on about 15 or 20 minutes. Not there is much to do apart from the Church and enjoy the nature, but you can take something and have a picnic or relax awhile. It is close to other tourist attractions.
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  • July 20, 2017
    A beautiful place to visit and learn a little of its history, in addition to a time of tranquillity surrounded by nature.
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  • March 6, 2017
    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.
  • February 25, 2017
    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.
  • March 16, 2017
    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.
  • March 5, 2017
    Nice historic place but not many things to do here. No attractions whatsoever
  • February 2, 2017
    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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