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Seat of the Canton of Barva
Iglesia de Barva de Heredia.JPG
Coat of arms of Barva
Coat of arms
Barva is located in Costa Rica
Location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 10°01′N 84°08′W / 10.017°N 84.133°W / 10.017; -84.133
Country  Costa Rica
Province Heredia Province
Canton Canton of Barva
 • Total 20.8 sq mi (53.8 km2)
Population (2001)
 • Total 32,440
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Climate Am

Barva is a small city in the Canton of Barva, in Heredia Province, Costa Rica.


It is located 3 km north of Heredia. It was named in honor of Barvak, an indigenous chief who ruled the area before the arrival of the Spanish.

It is divided into six political districts: Barva, Santa Lucía, San José de la Montaña, San Pedro, San Roque, and Puente Salas. The city is known for having a nice mix of rural and metropolitan landscape.

Patron saint[edit]

The patron saint of the town is Saint Bartholomew. A large church, Iglesia de San Bartolomé de Barva, was established between 1568 and 1575 is in Barva. Every year on August 24, the people of the town have a celebration dedicated to the saint, and the highlight of the celebration is the unique masquerade, where people go out wearing masks and hit others with cow and pig bladders.

Notable people[edit]

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 10°01′N 84°08′W / 10.017°N 84.133°W / 10.017; -84.133