What aspect of the culture Costa Rican culture have I not experienced yet? – I asked myself this about two weeks ago when I realized how busy my schedule would be in the following days before I leave. I didn’t want to travel far, and I didn’t want to do something I have always done. My answer was simple: go to mass at the Spanish Catholic Church in the center of San Ramon.
In every city Costa Rica there is a catholic church located in the center, usually across from the city’s central park. The main religion in Costa Rica is Catholicism, and the central church is considered the main church for the people of each city.
These last three months I have walked by the Central Catholic Church every day, I have taken pictures of it from outside, but I had never stepped foot inside. So I attended mass with my friend last Sunday. Mind you, I am not an expertise on the catholic religion.
As I entered I was in awe of the very tall arched white marble ceiling, with large pillars on either side of the isle the long isle. Towards the front of the church there is a beautiful crystallized chandelier.
They all so have figurines of the different saints of CR.
In the front of the church:
A beautiful domed ceiling.
More figurines of their religious symbols (and Jesus)!
In the catholic religion all so worship Virgin Mary, who is very important.
During mass the priest presented a warm and heartfelt message and the music being played consisted of pretty instrumental Spanish hymns. I was fascinated by the physical and spiritual beauty within the church! Even though I had been sitting next to a crying baby, he was precious and so was my experience in the Spanish Catholic Church.