Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Square), San Jose

Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Square), San Jose

Plaza de la Cultura, or Culture Square, is located on the Avenida Central Pedestrian Mall. North of the National Theatre of Costa Rica, Plaza de la Culture is a popular place for people watching, feeding pigeons and enjoying live entertainment.

Visitors can walk around the square or take a break beneath a shade tree or on one of the benches. There are plenty of shopping and dining options nearby as well.

Construction on the square began in 1977 using a design from architects Jorge Bertheau, Jorge Borbón and Edgar Vargas. The purpose of the square was to use the existing Central Park, which had fallen into disrepair, and turn it into a distinctive meeting space. It was completed in 1982.

Along with the Plaza de la Cultura, a museum was erected to share the history of Costa Rica's pre-Colombian days. The Museo de Oro Precolombino, or Pre-Colombian Gold Museum, was completed in 1985. It has more than 4,000 exhibit pieces. It rests beneath the Plaza de la Cultura.

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Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Square) on Map

Sight Name: Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Square)
Sight Location: San Jose, Costa Rica (See walking tours in San Jose)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in San Jose, Costa Rica

Create Your Own Walk in San Jose

Create Your Own Walk in San Jose

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Jose is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Historical Architecture Tour

Historical Architecture Tour

What's known today as San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, came into being as a small settlement during the Spanish invasion, circa the mid-16th century. From a town of little importance, San Jose eventually evolved into a densely-populated cosmopolitan city, built mostly with proceeds from coffee trade.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
San Jose Introduction Walking Tour

San Jose Introduction Walking Tour

San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, was founded in 1736 by an edict from the Catholic Church of Spain. The Cabildo de Leon, as it was called, wanted to create a central area for all inhabitants of the valley. The first construction in San Jose was a small chapel that was dedicated to St. Joseph of Nazareth. This is how the city was given the name San Jose.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Shopping and Food Walking Tour

Shopping and Food Walking Tour

Walking the pedestrian-friendly promenades of Costa Rica's capital – San Jose – is a great way to experience the local culture. Despite an occasional rainstorm, the country's tropical weather makes outdoor shopping an undeniably fun experience. The downtown part of San Jose has no shortage of department stores, traditional marketplaces and souvenir shops selling handcrafts.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles

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