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The precious Cathedral of Alajuela (Catedral de Alajuela), named Nuestra Señora del Pilar is located on the east side of Alajuela Central Park. It was built over three centuries ago on one of the highest points of the city. It is, at first sight, a prominent building due to its large facade and its bright red cupola. This red dome is one of Costa Rica’s biggest and tallest and can be seen from as far away as the airport and from the sky before landing or after take-off, so look for it. Its interior is impressive thanks to the precious paintings there and the beautiful wooden windows with stained glass scenes. The ceiling is also decorated with scenes from the gospel, while the altar is located at the nave’s back, surrounded by marble columns. © Credits Flickr/ Benoit