Ruins of the Our Lady of Pure Conception Church, Ujarras, Costa Rica


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Ujarras, San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

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Ujarrás is a village and historical site in the Orosí Valley of Cartago Province in central Costa Rica, southeast of the provincial capital of Cartago. Towns like Ujarras offer a truly unique experience into the culture and history of Costa Rica. Ujarras lies near the northeastern bank of the man-made Lake Cachí, created by the damming of the Reventazon River. The Cachí hydroelectric dam lies adjacent to the village. And is part of the sustainable, renewable energy system in Costa Rica. Ujarrás contains the ruins of one of the oldest churches in Costa Rica, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción, which was built in the 1580s during early colonial times. Local legend has it that a painting of the Virgin was found in a box by native Huetar Indian fishermen who brought it to the village, and a church was thus built on this site by the locals to commemorate the Virgin. © Flickr/Rookiedslr

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