Orosi Church and Museum

A short five minute walk from Hotel Reventazon next to the soccer field in the middle of town, Orosi’s historic church and museum are the town’s most easily reachable attractions.

Orosi’s picturesque church is the oldest still in use in Costa Rica. Dating back to the mid-1700s, it is one of only a few from the colonial era to have survived our country’s frequent earthquakes. The roof of the church is a combination of thatched cane and ceramic tiling, while the carved-wood altar is adorned with religious paintings of Mexican origin.

Orosi’s small museum is adjacent to the church and displays interesting examples of Spanish colonial religious art and artifacts dating back to the 17th century. Admission is only 500 colones ($.90 USD) for adults and 250 colones ($.45 USD) for children. Posted museum hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, although those wishing to visit the museum in the late afternoon should be aware that it often closes early. A lone vendor on the street in front of the church sells several different types of uniquely Costa Rican treats including peanuts sweetened with natural sugar cane (dulce) and a large obelisk-shaped snack made from dulce, coconuts, coconut milk, and chocolate.

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