Refurbished Alajuelita cross to open arts festival

The famous cross on Cerro San Miguel above Alajuelita has been restored and will be illuminated for the opening Thursday of the Festival Internacional de las Artes 2015.

The 83-year-old cross has been a landmark. It is 26 meters high and 22 wide.

That’s 85 feet by 36 feet.

The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, the Santuario Nacional Santo Cristo de Esquipulas, and two local firms did the work with the support of the Alajuelita community said the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. Workers replaced corroded metal, and electricians installed 10.500 watts of lighting, said the ministry.

The inauguration of the illuminated cross will coincide with the inauguration of the arts festival at 6 p.m. in the Parque Central de Alajuelita. The community is one of four that will host festival events.

This year the ministry decided to disperse the events outside the San José central canton to bring cultural events to Acosta, Aserrí and Desamparados, as well as Alajuelita.

Víctor Hugo Echavarría, mayor of  Alajuelita, was quoted saying that the canton was about to initiate a project for rural tourism. The cross will be the icon for that project.

The cross originally was designed to mark the 1900th anniversary of the founding of Christianity.cross042215

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