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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  • That area of the country is very nice, quiet, the ruins are very beautiful, great for taking some good pictures. Very friendly place managers.
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  • The Orosi Valley was the first place where Spaniards settled in a real city. In this extremely beautiful valley you may visit these ruins as well as the very well preserved first church in Costa Rica....  more »
  • Excellent place to visit with your family, spend a Sunday knowing a little of our roots.
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  • Such a pretty place. It didn't cost me anything to go in. The ruins are nice and there is a lot of big trees around and beautiful birds. It was not busy at all maybe one family sitting by the picnic area eating lunch.
  • Simply awesome....for CR..they are not any Aztec or Mayan treasure, but the surroundings are b e a u t i f u l too. Great for a 1-day family or date picnic trip...
  • Nice place to spend a while, time after time the old ruins intrigue me. Free access though registration with ID required at entrance.
  • Really nice, quiet and well-maintained place. Several tables with benches are available to chill and rest, also toilets and a parking lot. We saw a lot of green parrots nestling around the ruins. Overall very nice experience.
  • A lovely, peaceful, setting among the ruins and well tended plants and trees. Definitely worth a visit when you are in the area.
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