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. 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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  • This place has a free access and it's administration concern to the goverment (Tourism National Institute) and it is beautiful, good preservation, beautiful views of the mountains around. It has clean...  more »
  • This is a nice place to go visit on a sunday with the family. On the way there you can also visit Mirador Ujarras. It's free entrance and you can't find food there, so you either take for a pic nic or...  more »
  • I enjoyed seeing the oldest church in Costa Rica. It was built in 1735. Amazing that any of it is still standing. Was glad to have seen this historical site  more »
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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.