Sunday, December 20, 2009

Viliage church

For my first installment in a series of Christmas week photos, here is a church in a small village east of Nicoya, near Barra Honda National Park. This is a typical local church in a typical rural village.

About 85% of the population of Costa Rica is Roman Catholic, of course. During the Spanish colonial period, Costa Rica was largely ignored by Spain because it did not have gold or other riches, but the Church did manage to convert the small percentage of the local population that survived the onslaught of European diseases.

Costa Rica never even had a struggle for independence. When other areas of Central America obtained independence, the Spanish just gave up Costa Rica also. Costa Ricans did not even learn that they were an independent country until weeks later.

Today is Sunday, so we have again posted new photos on Viva la Voyage. For this Christmas week, we are showing photos of the Christmas holiday season in Vienna, Austria.

8 comments:

brattcat said...

How welcoming this church is.

Leif Hagen said...

A lovely church photo - perfect for the 4th Sunday in Advent! I posted a church on my blog today, too! Regards from EAGAN daily photo

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

so quaint! it looks so friendly

Sharon said...

This is an almost idyllic scene.

Hilda said...

Costa Rica's experience is so unusual! Lucky them — no war.

Very pretty church.

Fredrik said...

Looks like a toy church! Excellent shot. Up here in the north we're buried in snow.

Jarart said...

Wonderful!! It is so welcoming, makes me want to go in. The picture is superb.
You cracked me up with your comment today on my post!

glenda said...

This is a great picture. Very inviting, would like to go in and sit down.

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