When you plan your Costa Rica vacation, consider heading to San Jose for their historical tours. There you can learn about Costa Rican history and explore many of the historical buildings. Several must see places are listed here.
- Our Lady of Sion. This chapel is located at Central and 1st Ave. It was built between 1883 and 1887. It was initially a girls’ school and convent. Today it’s one of the older buildings in the city. It functioned as Sion High School through the 1960s, and it now houses part of San Jose’s Legislative Assembly.
- The Blue Castle. A well-known politician named Maximo Fernandez built this home in 1908. From 1914 to 1923, the home housed the president of Costa Rica. Several presidents lived here, including Julio Acosta Garcia, Alfredo Gonzalez Flores, Francisco Aguilar Barquero, and Federico Tinoco Granados. In 1989, the Blue Castle became home to the Legislative Directory.
- Costa Rican National Museum. Initially a home built in the 1870s, the Costa Rican National Museum went through several owners before the government bought it in 1914. From 1928 to 1932, the building housed military barracks. Today it’s the museum, which houses a pre-Colombian history wing and a wing dedicated to the history of Costa Rica.
- Plaza de la Cultura and Banco Central Museum. Built in 1976, the museum was a center for literary, scientific and artistic activities. It was completed and opened in 1982. It houses many exhibitions and two museums within the large building.
For accommodations and travel information in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.