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Parque Central, Filadelfia, Costa Rica, 2010[open in full screen]  

 
 

Archway with inscription "De la Raiz a la Identidad" [on the road to identity] is welcoming visitors to this plaza in the downtown Filadelfia. All of its 8000 inhabitants must be quite proud of their indigenous heritage. This is very impressive plaza with lot of very friendly people occupying most of the benches in the park. This little town is not on the main road and it is very rarely visited by tourists.

  Plaza is not built or maintained having tourists in mind, park - plaza is in great shape because it is loved and needed by the community.

Few monuments are commemorating past, nice colonial times buildings and colourful bars, cafeterias and restaurants are around. Contemporary church and mature trees with inscriptions explaining what kind they are, are completing the impact.

  Most surprising for us were numerous huge [up to 150cm - 5 feet] iguanas, all over the square with number of them on the trees above our heads.

One more element was attracting my attention. This plaza with its gazebo in the middle quite closely resembled imaginary square I created back in 2001

 
           
   
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