Ruins of the Temple of the Santiago Apostol Parish

By Tim Kroeger November 4, 2013 Central America, Costa Rica

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The Ruins of the Temple of the Santiago Apostol Parish are located at the city square of Costa Rica’s old capital city Cartago, about 22 kilometers east of the new capital San Jose. After several earthquakes time after time destroyed the temple, the city made the ruins into a garden.

“Since the beginning of the evanelism period, different buildings were build on this place, all of them dedicated to Santiago Apostle, the first patron of Costa Rica. Each building that ever sheltered the temple was always destroyed by earthquakes.”


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“The construction of the current building started in 1870 and it was based on the plans made by the German architect Francisco Kurtz. The structure clearly reveals a Roman influence. The ruins of the temple of Santiago Apóstol parish are the only example of this architecture in Costa Rica.” The construction stopped 1910 after the final earthquake.

“According to an old legend, every foggy night in Cartago, it is possible to see a headless priest inside the ruine whose ghost must wander forever as a penance for desecrating a holy place.”


Today there is a beautiful garden located inside the unfinished building. It is a calm place and nice to relax and to enjoy the nice weather.



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Ruins of the Temple of the Santiago Apostol Parish

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