Old photos of the former liquor factory will be displayed until Aug. 22

A photo display of the old Fabrica Nacional de Liquores will be available at the Biblioteca Nacional until Aug. 22. The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, which now has its offices in the old factory, inaugurated the photo show Monday. There are 29 photos. The ministry is celebrating its 43rd anniversary.

Personnel at the press office of the ministry reported they spent three years assembling the photos. They said the photos might also be on display at the Feria Internacional del Libro.

The liquor factory went up in 1853 at the order of President Juan Rafael Mora Porras after the central government gained control of the production of alcohol three years earlier. The Fabrica Nacional de Licores is outside of town since 1996 on the Bernardo Soto highway in Grecia.

Ministry officials said that the photos also illustrate the working conditions of those who had jobs at the facility. The photo exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the national library.

This 1970 photo shows the ornate entry to the compound. The entry exists today.

This 1970 photo shows the ornate entry to the compound. The entry exists today.

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