Effort under way to restore historic church in San Miguel

Workmen begin with replacement of the roof of the distinctive tower at the church. Comité Bandera Azul Ecológica de San Miguel photo

Work began last week on the restoration of the Iglesia de Castilla in San Miguel de Santo Domingo, Heredia. This is an adobe structure that may date back to 1827.

The work is being done by the Comité Pro Restauración Templo Nuestra Señora del Carmen, which is made up of residents and architects. The group received 40 million colons, about $80,000 from the culture ministry’s Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural.

The Comité Bandera Azul Ecológica de San Miguel, which announced the effort, said that some 30 million more colons are needed to finish the job. They are seeking donations. Much of the money would go to interior repairs.

The church certainly dates from 1878, but there are some local historians who favor the earlier date. The building is adobe with wooden beams. Workmen are repairing the roof with traditional tiles while others are working on the distinctive tower or steeple.

The committee said that there are a number of adobe structures in the area that should be preserved. The church, itself, already has been declared an historic structure.

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