The National Theater of Costa Rica is accentuated in this video with host Sasha Campbell for its significance in regards to educational and cultural pursuits.
The National Theater of Costa Rica began construction in 1891, and opened its doors in October of 1897. It is considered a major accomplishment of its time as it was one of the only buildings in Costa Rica to have electric lighting when it opened, but that is not the only reason why it is considered a foremost triumph. The art, furniture and architecture in general that adorns the museum is regarded highly among Costa Ricans and foreigners alike, and the performances held at the theater are definitely prized, as well.
Monkey Tours host Sasha Campbell interviewed one of the curators of the National Theater’s artistic and culturally important areas. A transcript of their conversation can be found below.
Sasha Let’s start with the basics. Why would you recommend the National Theater as a cultural and touristic experience for the people who want to visit Costa Rica?
Curator Because, not only is it a heritage building that is 117 years old today, but also because it reflects the history of our country. The ones that started the construction, and normally you’ll find exhibits about the history of the theater. In this area where we’re standing for example; which is the foyer of the National Theater, you’ll find an image. A sculpture that receives visitors as they walk in the door. This sculpture is named “Fame.” The one placed before you is the original, and the one outside the building is a replica. You’ll also find marvelous ceilings with original paintings; undoubtedly restored at some point.
S What would you say is the one unique detail that shouldn’t be missed?
C Where we are standing now. The Foyer of the National Theater. Here you’ll find impressive details like on the central ceiling over there: in that image. The lady in pink will look at you no matter where you are standing in the room. The same thing happens with that angel.
There are all kinds of events from symphonies to outdoor performances to ballets and more that reach the stage and other areas of the National Theater of Costa Rica in San Jose. You will definitely find it worth your while to join a tour of the building or take in a show while visiting the city.