Alianza Francesa

San José

The Alliance has French classes, a small library and rotating art exhibits in a Barrio Amón home. There are also cinematic and musical events. The classes, which include fees for enrolment and assessment, are held from 9am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday, and until 3:30pm on Friday, and include three levels of competency.

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3. Templo de Música


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5. Edificio Metálico

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6. Parque España

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7. Casa Amarilla

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