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San José’s principal Catholic cathedral was built in 1871. Though rather plain from the outside, the large neoclassical church features a mix of stained-glass works, and assorted sculptures and bas-reliefs. It also has a wonderfully restored 19th-century pipe organ. A well-tended little garden surrounds the church and features a massive marble statue of Pope Juan Paul II carved by celebrated Costa Rican sculptor Jorge Jiménez Deredia, who also has a work at the Vatican. The cathedral is just across from the downtown Parque Central (Central Park).