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Cartago, CR


Thousands of people come seeking cures for their illnesses and difficulties. Below the church are walls covered with thousands of tiny silver charms left as thanks for cures. Many charms are of legs, hands, feet, hearts, lungs, kidneys, eyes, and other body parts. There are even guns, trucks, dolls and dozens of sports trophies that probably were left in as thanks for helping teams win big games. Outside the church, vendors sell these charms, as well as little candle replicas of La Negrita, water bottles in the shape of La Negrita and many other replicas.

The central park in Cartago includes the “ruins” of the main church of Cartago (the “parroquia” of Santiago Apóstol), about five block west from the basilica. Despite their beauty, they are not real ruins but an unfinished building, which was badly damaged by the 1910 earthquake and then interrupted.

Park entrance

Mike and Earl take a break in the shade of the “ruins”




fish in the pond

coins that float





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One response to “Cartago, CR

  1. mike January 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Ah…the miraculous floating coin!

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