Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Humble Church

Costa Rica was a Spanish colony and for that reason a major part of its culture is deeply rooted in catholic rites and traditions that have been adapted to the people and their way of life. Small town are pretty typical where you have the church with a plaza in front with the local school on one side and the city hall on the other.

Santa Ana is a smaller town with a beautiful church made with stone and wood. The beauty of it is that it's very simple, unpretentious and with a strong colonial feeling. The whole structure is made with limestone and the roof is supported by wood posts and beams.

View of the main altar with the rose window

The temple was built between 1870 and 1880 and has undergone several changes most of them due to much needed repairs to damages caused by several earthquakes. Through the years priests and community leaders have contributed to the many improvement made to the church and decorative elements found in it.

Christ used during the Holy Week Procession

Main altar
 Main altar with Santa Ana or Saint Anne in the background

View of the Church from the main altar

Details of the floor that dates back to the late 1800's

No matter what religion you profess it is amazing what the human spirit can accomplish and the history that is engraved in each every place of worship.

Have a great day!