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Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)

C. 16, between Avdas. 2 and 4, Cartago, Costa Rica
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This church is best known for the 1635 appearance of the country's patron saint, the Black Virgin. An annual pilgimage takes place in August.
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  • Average7%
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C. 16, between Avdas. 2 and 4, Cartago, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful church and definitely worth the visit. So gorgeous! There is holy water that runs through the church and you can buy a container of the Reina for about 75 cents to fill with water and take home. Came during the week of festivities to...More

Thank JQCRica
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some places just leave you speechless with its divine beauty. This church is one of them. Everything about this place is intriguing; from the story on how this church was built to the numerous people who enter this place on their knees; from the story...More

Thank vivi_krish
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked on the square in front of the basilica and inside. We were there on a Saturday afternoon and there were a lot of people inside and outside. Some of them crawled on their knees from the entrance to the front while saying their...More

Thank Wim v
Reviewed 22 June 2017

The basilica is beautiful. Remind me of bizantine churches. I read something that sort of makes it parallel to Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. No marble. Lots of painted wood panels. I didn't have a camera with me, and unfortunately they don't have post...More

Thank Victoria Q
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The craftsmanship is stunning. Everything is beautiful. Has a special holy water place in the back that doesn't do anything haha. We put my daughter's broken hand in and nothing happened, not that we expected anything to. But overall, a very nice place to spend...More

Thank hoffman5
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Much more than I expected. The church is huge and stunning, but there are also the additional displays which are very interesting and add so much to the experience. Even if you are not religious, it is still very moving.

Thank Carilovestotravel
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

With a familiar background story of a child finding an unusual statuette of Virgin Mary, This place has has it's own folklore and following especially during the feast. There's an interesting museum, that shows representations of and names, feast days of Our Lady in South...More

Thank Anil A
Reviewed 25 May 2017

There is more to see than just the Basilica although watching the parishioners of all ages walk down the isle on their knees was humbling. One can also visit the spring where the 'holy' water is located and hear the story of the young virgin.

Thank Janet S
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Stopped here to photograph the interior and was not disappointed. Many people praying but if you are quiet, move slowly and respect personal space, you'll make some great shots. Bring your widest lens and a mid-range zoom to shoot the stained glass. Easy to spend...More

Thank Palmisto
Reviewed 19 May 2017

There is always a mass service happening here, but such a beautiful piece of Cartago's history and religious climate of Costa Rica, especially in Cartago. Worth walking around inside, seeing the blessed water (and saving some if you'd like), as well as to see &...More

Thank grudolph7
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