Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, San Jose

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Theater · Historic Site
Get a glimpse into colonial Costa Rica and brush up on interesting historical facts at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica. Located in the center of the capital, the historic building is well known for its opulent interior lavishly furnished with Italian marbles, murals, and statues. Notice the statues of Chopin and Beethoven, and allegorical frescoes depicting coffee pickers and farmers--a testament to the coffee barons of the late 19th century. Add Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and other attractions to your San Jose trip itinerary using our San Jose trip itinerary tool.
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  • When we first stopped by, there wasn’t an English speaking tour for another few hours. The gentleman at the front was super sweet and didn’t speak English, but I was able to piece together what he...  more »
  • We wanted to see the National Theater. We checked at our hotel and they said that because of COVID, there were no performances but, for a small fee, you could go in and see it. We went to the...  more »
  • I went to check why this was a must visit attraction in San Jose and I must say the hype is definitely worth it. Let me start by acknowledging that the superb guides enhanced the experience. They were funny, witty, informative and captivating. This theatre is like a small piece of Europe in Costa Rica. The theater is absolutely stunning and has some beautiful paintings and intricate gold work. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and I cannot recommend it enough.
  • Went there randomly for an orchestra show. I really enjoyed it even though I had no idea what people were saying in between the music playing. The theatre was beautiful. Good size for the show. Can't complaint. Also a great Cafe inside the theatre that I would recommend for you to check out.

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