Greetings from Cartago…wish you were here!
Photo above of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Our Lady of the Angels Basilica) in lovely Cartago, Costa Rica. The basilica was built in 1639 and is one of the most famous churches in all of Central America. Devoted worshipers make pilgrimages from all across the lands praying for health, safety and forgiveness.
I was lucky to have spent a week living and volunteering in the lovely town of Cartago, Costa Rica back in April 2010. There is not much to do or see in Cartago except visit the sensational basilica.
One evening we ventured out into this sleepy Catholic town to hear a concert given at the nearby Cultural Center. It was Holy Week in Costa Rica, meaning everyone was out and about celebrating with evening processionals and activities. We walked by the square holding the basilica and I was awestruck by her beauty at night. The basilica was brightly light up in hues of blues with gold light pouring out of her stained glass windows. It was absoluting stunning!
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I was blown away by how beautiful this Basilica is. We could barely get in the door when services were going on because it was overflowing with people. After Mass, people make their way up the center aisle on their knees to offer up their prayers. It was amazing.