Costa Rica is a Central American country with coastlines both on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. It is essentially a tropical land filled with rainforests, exotic beaches and volcanos, as well as many notable innovative and sustainable examples of architectural buildings. Its traditional architecture originates from the country’s pre-Colombian era and Spanish colonial influence, with the National Theatre and Metropolitan Cathedral being some of its most famous architectural landmarks. Costa Rica’s capital city, San José, is characterized by its modern, high-rise architecture, paired with small albeit luxurious traditional single-store houses preserved from the late 1800s. At that time, San José was the second most technologically advanced city in America, installing public city lights and electricity to its wider city fabric.
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