Restoration work begins on historic Heredia church

Repair work has begun on the 19th century Catholic church in Santo Domingo de Heredia. The church,  Nuestra Señora del Carmen de Castilla in San Miguel, is unusual because it is one of the few churches still in use that was constructed of adobe.

Residents raised 40 million colons, about $80,000 for the project. The work is being handled by the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural of the Ministerio de Cultura.

The government is being asked to put in about 30 million, some $60,000, for interior repairs.

There is some uncertainty about when the church actually was built. Some say 1878, but others insist on 1827. A book published in 1991 says that the actual date is unlikely to be established authoritatively.

In 1982 the church was declared a site of national heritage, which is why the Centro Patrimonio is involved.

The Comité Pro Restauración held a festival Sunday to continue raising money and to celebrate the start of reconstruction. Among other improvements, the church will get a new tile roof. The committee is seeking donors at 2240-7582.

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