The Municipalidad de Nicoya is building a plaza in front of the famous Colonial church in the community. The plaza is expected to be able to hold up to 2,500 persons for events.
The work began last week and joins Parque Recaredo Briceño and the Iglesia de San Blas, which has been declared a national heritage site. The church, the second one there, went up in 1644. It suffered some damage during the Sept. 5 earthquake in the region. The original church was built in 1544.
A release from the municipality said that prior to the arrival of the Spanish the native peoples in the area used the site now occupied by the church as a holy ceremonial location. Archaeological artifacts from that period and from the Colonial era can be found in the nearby El Museo de San Blas.
Marco Jiménez, the Nicoya mayor, said that the plaza will have lines that are similar to the geometric designs of the original Chorotega inhabitants.
Native plants will be used for landscaping.
The project has received the blessing of the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Nacional del Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, said the municipality.