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).
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica› Attraction
Catedral Metropolitano (Metropolitan Cathedral)
Av 2 and Calle Central
Our Rating Hours Mon–Sat 6:30am–6:30pm; Sun 6:30am–9pm Phone 2221-3820 Prices Free admission