This past weekend our colleague Jose Carlos Brenes participated in a history tour of the most important and iconic architectural jewels of downtown San Jose – Costa Rica . Among these late 19th century – early 20th century buildings, he was able to learn that the former Macaya Department Store was the first building with an elevator and basement in Costa Rica, and at three stories high, it was consider a “skyscraper” back then.
There is also a plaque on Avenida Central (Central Avenue) that detail where the first coffee plantation of San Jose once stood circa 1800. The impressive National Cathedral’s stain windows were brought from France and it was fully renovated a few years ago.
If you are ever strolling in downtown San Jose, see if you can get a glimpse of these unique buildings and churches that have stood in San Jose for more than 100 years.