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Central Bank (Banco Central)

Avenida Central y Primera, Calles 2 y 4, San Jose, Costa Rica
506-243-3333
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Costa Rican Campesinos in Bronze

These are fun to photograph, especially close-ups. They are life size and remarkable in their... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
shelly1956
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Very impressive statues

The statues are superbly sculptures and are a real highlight of the area and worth a visit just for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
DavidMay1945
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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This modern bank building is bordered by a popular plaza.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good42%
  • Average25%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“costa rica” (5 reviews)
“statues” (25 reviews)
“ricans” (6 reviews)
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Avenida Central y Primera, Calles 2 y 4, San Jose, Costa Rica
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506-243-3333
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These are fun to photograph, especially close-ups. They are life size and remarkable in their bronzed and weathered state. Costa Rican artist Fernando Calvo made this set of bronze statues entitled “Presentes.” They are Costa Rican campesinos or the country folk, the roots of Costa...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The statues are superbly sculptures and are a real highlight of the area and worth a visit just for themselves.

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

It is nothing to make a special trip for, but it was part of our Free Tour. We took pictures if each other there.

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

As we wandered around San Jose we found these! We took a bunch of photos and as we were about to walk away some guided tour groups also stopped to take photos. Obviously more important than we initially realized- these statues help signify culture and...More

Thank mas1958
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

The main attraction of the site is not the bank building but a sculpted group depicting Costa Rican people. Lovely display, worth turning away half a block from the main pedestrian area.

Thank acorna
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

I think it's so fascinating that the Bank has chosen to display these wonderful bronzes of world worn poor Costa Ricans in its square. From the old men and woman and the mother and child these tug at your heart strings with the tough lives...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Outside the central bank these statues were sold to the bank by the artist Calvo in 1985. You need to take note of the feet of the statues only two have shoes the elders. The bank is easy to find so worth a short stop...More

Thank Sharon L
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

This Central Bank consists of two buildings - the older building and a rather ugly 1970/80’s monstrosity. In the Plaza between the two is a sculpture made up of a number of peasants in copper/ bronze.

Thank DublinWelcomesAll
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Impressive building with the weathered little green men. Not far from the main square. Lots of people taking photos.

Thank Themanfrom
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

main bank with such awesome statues out front. it just goes to show you how hard folks worked back them

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