User Submitted Post by Robert Stewart…All Steel Church

By BobbyRica | October 1, 2009

About 20 minutes north of the city of Alauela, is a small, picturesque farming town called Grecia.  Northwest of San Jose, Grecia, is situated in Costa Rica’s Central Valley amidst beautiful mountain landscapes and rich lush sceneries..  Grecia is also the home of a church with a very interesting story.

The church, named “Church of Our Lady of Mercy (Iglesia de las Mercedes)”  is one of two all steel buildings erected in Costa Rica.   The brick-red, prefabricated iron Church of Our Lady of Mercy (Iglesia de las Mercedes) was one of two buildings in the country made from steel frames imported from Belgium in the 1890s (the other is the metal schoolhouse next to San José’s Parque Morazán), when some prominent Costa Ricans decided that metal structures would better withstand the periodic earthquakes that had taken their toll on so much of the country’s architecture. The frames were shipped from Antwerp to Limón, then transported by train to Alajuela—from which point the church was carried by oxcarts.When viewed up close, you can see the bolts that were used to fuse the huge steel plates together (not unlike the hull of a large ship).


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