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We had left Manuel Antonio for San Jose the previous afternoon and were spending the the last morning in the city before returning home.

This is the new statue of former Pope John Paul II, inaugurated in September 2006 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in San José. Pope John Paul II visited Costa Rica in 1983. The statue was designed by Costa Rican sculptor Jorge Jiménez Deredia and was made in Italy of Italian marble. It stands 4.1 meters high, weighs 25 tons and is valued at $220,000. It seems to be a popular venue for tourists, as families were taking photos of their children posing with the Pope.

Designed by Eusebio Rodriguez, the Metropolitan Cathedral was built in 1871 to replace the original, which had been destroyed in an earthquake in 1820. You can also see here the green-roofed cupola that is over the main altar.

Other photos from the cathedral are in the WS. (interior and exterior)

For more shots of the trip please click on the travelogue (left)

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