Cartago Costa Rica Real Estate
There are only two basilicas in Costa Rica, one in Cartago (the second largest city in the country after the capital, San José) and the other in Tejar. A basilica is a Roman Catholic church, but one on which the Pope has conferred certain privileges. The Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles, which is over 400 years old, was decreed a basilica in 1935, and the Basilica de la Immaculada Concepcion was decreed a basilica in 1985. The vast majority of people, when they think of basilicas in Costa Rica, are only familiar with the Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles, which sees an annual pilgrimage in August to visit La Negrita, or the Black Madonna, a small statue of the Virgin Mary and Jesus which is also over 400 years old. Real estate in Cartago Costa Rica is therefore quite popular among Roman Catholics – among many others, of course – because they wish to be near the healing power of La Negrita.
Real Estate in Cartago Costa Rica
Cartago is one of the largest cities in Costa Rica, and it is also one of the oldest. It was founded by Spanish colonists in 1563. Over the ensuing decades much of the original colonial architecture has been destroyed by either fire or earthquake, and today only a few of the original buildings exist – in a restored condition. Cartago Costa Rica properties consist of modern day buildings, built to specifications to survive future earthquakes, of course. They are located throughout the city, which is nestled in the foothills of Irazú volcano. The economy of the city – and of the province of which it is the capital, consists of agriculture, technology, and of course tourism.