Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, San Jose

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Get a glimpse into colonial Costa Rica and brush up on interesting historical facts at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica. Located in the center of the capital, the historic building is well known for its opulent interior lavishly furnished with Italian marbles, murals, and statues. Notice the statues of Chopin and Beethoven, and allegorical frescoes depicting coffee pickers and farmers--a testament to the coffee barons of the late 19th century. Add Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and other attractions to your San Jose trip itinerary using our San Jose trip itinerary tool.
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  • The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Santa Ana where I was staying booked me on the tour. It was excellent and the tour guide Max is a great story teller and made it interesting. I did the tour of the... 
    The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Santa Ana where I was staying booked me on the tour. It was excellent and the tour guide Max is a great story teller and made it interesting. I did the tour of the...  more »
  • I love the artwork, gold leaf design, paintings and designs. The place is a work of art. I love to see how the theater seatings can be transformed into a ballroom 
    I love the artwork, gold leaf design, paintings and designs. The place is a work of art. I love to see how the theater seatings can be transformed into a ballroom  more »
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  • I was here on a food tour of city that included this theater because it was on the route. Its a very nice structure, and i like the story behind one of the sculptures (the one on the right, mother and baby). The artists defiance in past. Was only in lobby and looking for 5 min, but very nice theater.
  • One of our most beautiful and iconic buildings ever built. This National Theater is without a doubt a national treasure that holds the past trapped within its walls. It was built on the Oligarquía Cafetalera era, to be more precise by the lower class. The ones in power, were the owners of the coffee plantations, the provided a small percentage of money to build this master piece, the biggest part was provided by the lower classes via taxes. The richest people did not want to share the floor with the poorest ones, so a third floor was built with exterior separate entrances to those lower classes. The rich people did not know that the best acoustic and view of the orchestra was being enjoyed by the ones on the isolated floor with wooden pews. The vast majority of sculptures and paintings were done by Italian artists. In fact there is only one sculpture inside the lobby area which was built by a Costa Rican artist. It depicts a woman with and infant on her laps representing misery. He wanted to remind the rich that the lower classes were the ones who build that jewel. I strongly recommend everyone to visit this magnificent building.

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