Tour of five city churches planned by Alliance Française

Interior of Iglesia La Merced glitters in gold. Photo: A.M. Costa Rica

Alliance Française plans another walk into the history of San José Sept. 10. this time the topic is the five centrally located Roman Catholic churches.

The organization said that architect Andrés Fernández will discuss the structures.

The churches are the Catedral Metropolitana, El Carmen, La Dolorosa, La Solidad and La Merced.

La Merced, located east of the park by the same name on Avenida 2, has undergone a $1 million restorationfinanced by the Cervercería de Costa Rica, the Municipalidad de San José and the Catholic Church.
The five churches are major players in the Easter processions and other activities of Semana Santa in San José.

The walk begins at 9 a.m. The day is a Saturday, and there is a 15,000 colons admission, about $30, but that includes brunch. Tickets are available at the three locations of Alliance Française.  The main location is in Barrio Amón, but there are offices in La Sabana and Heredia.

The French cultural organization just had a similar tour of Barrio México, also an historic section of the city.

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