El Fortín

Central Valley & Highlands

This tower, constructed in 1876 by order of the provincial governor, is the official symbol of Heredia. It was declared a national historic monument in 1974. It sits in a lovely park with a children's play area, near the main square.

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1. Casa de la Cultura

0.03 MILES

Occupying a privileged position on the corner of the plaza just north of the church, this low-lying Spanish structure dates back to the late 18th century…

2. Parque Central

0.05 MILES

Heredia was founded in 1706, and in true Spanish-colonial style it has several interesting old landmarks arranged around Parque Central, including an…

3. Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción

0.08 MILES

Built in 1797, this striking white church is still in use. The thick-walled, squat construction has withstood many earthquakes, but parts of the facade…

4. Universidad Nacional

0.35 MILES

The campus of Universidad Nacional is a great place for doing a little guerrilla learning. Keep an eye out here for posters advertising cultural offerings…

5. Museo de Cultura Popular

1.28 MILES

Housed in a restored 19th-century farmhouse 1.5km southeast of Barva, this tiny museum surrounded by well-labeled gardens is run by the Universidad…

6. ICE Building

4.28 MILES

Headquarters for the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.

7. Parque Metropolitano La Sabana

4.43 MILES

Once the site of San José’s main airport, this 72-hectare green space at the west end of Paseo Colón is home to a regional art museum, a lagoon and…