Restoration finished at neo-Gothic church in Heredia

The neo-Gothic  San Rafael Arcángel church is ready to face another century after an extensive restoration paid for, in part, by the government.

The church is in San Rafael, a canton in the province of Heredia. The church dates from 1851 when it was begun to completion in 1900. The restoration was under the supervision of the  Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural, an agency of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

The restoration job started last October and was just finished.

The Centro said that one problem was that the gutters and downspouts were not sufficient to handle heavy rain.

Consequently, years of water affected the walls and caused some metal to rust. The bricks in the walls were beginning to give way under the assaults of water.

Restorers also removed a newer ceramic floor to restore the original mosaic.

Another job was to install a modern system of lightning rods.

The church was named a national heritage site in 2004.sanrafael050215

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