Yesterday we toured the National Museum of Costa Rica in San José.
The fortress was built in 1917 and was originally a military barracks. The exterior walls still have bullets lodged in them from the country’s 1948 civil war. Interestingly, Costa Rica does not have an army. The military was disbanded in 1948. In 1950 the building became a museum.
Among the fascinating exhibits and artifacts displaying the country’s rich history is a section on the Spanish Inquisition which began in 1478 and was not officially abolished until 1834. Continue reading