A much photographed, late-19th-century edifice - made of metal in Belgium!

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The Metal Building

A pair of schools with a singular history

Strolling through downtown San José's Morazán Park, you'll notice a distinctive, somewhat grandiose edifice which tends to be the most photographed by visitors hereabouts. The Edificio Metálico (aka the Escuelas Metálicas, Metallic School) between Calle 7 and Calle 9 was created - from sections of stamped-steel imitation stone - in Belgium upon the request of the Costa Rican government of the day, then shipped over to be put together here to house a pair of schools named for luminaries of Costa Rican education, Buenaventura Corrales and Julia Lang. A fine example of the architectural splendour of a bygone era.

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