Basilica of our Lady of Angeles

Basilica of our Lady of Angeles

La Basilica de Los Angeles, Santuario Nacional Oficina Parroquial Ph + (506) 2551-0465, Ph + (506) 2592-0962, Ph + (506) 2592-0285, Ph + (506) 2551-0936. Apartado 68-7050 – Cartago, Costa Rica. Rector Pbro. Francisco Arias Salguero. Correo: rector@santuarionacional.org info@santuarionacional.org http://www.santuarionacional.org/index.php The Virgen de los Angeles is Costa Rica’s patron saint, also known as La Negrita. Virgen de los Angeles Day is a Costa Rican holiday celebrating the Virgen. According to tradition, La Negrita, the Black Virgin, is a small, probably mulatto, representation of the Virgin Mary found on this spot on August 2, 1635 by a native woman. As the story goes, when she tried to take the statuette with her, it miraculously reappeared twice back where she’d found it. The townspeople then built a shrine around her. In 1824, the Virgin was declared Costa Rica’s patron saint. La Negrita now resides on a gold, jewel-studded platform at the main altar in the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago. Each August 2, on the anniversary of the statuette’s miraculous discovery, pilgrims from every corner of the country walk the 22 km from San José to the basilica. Many of the penitent complete the last few hundred meters of the pilgrimage on their knees. This basilica is equally visited by tourists and locals.