Metropolitan Cathedral of San José

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The Metropolitan Cathedral of San José Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana is a cathedral in San José, Costa Rica, located on Calle Central and Avenues 2 and 4. The original cathedral was built in 1802 but was destroyed by an earthquake. It was replaced in 1871 by a design by Eusebio Rodríguez in a style which combines Greek Orthodox, Neoclassical and Baroque styles with its Doric pilasters and neoclassical pediment with steeples at the side at the front of the building.[1]

Inside, the cathedral has a notably fine colonial-style tiled floor and stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes. A vaulted ceiling spans the length of the nave with two fluted columns supporting it. At the main altar are statues of cherubs and a wooden figure of Christ. In the background is a half-cupola in the wall containing a mural of Jesus and the Holy Father.[1] To the left of the altar is the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament, adorned with wooded quadrants and floral motifs.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Baker, C.P. (2005). Costa Rica. Dorling Kindersley Eye Witness Travel Guides. pp. 58–9. 

Coordinates: 9°55′58″N 84°04′44″W / 9.9327°N 84.0788°W / 9.9327; -84.0788