Seat of Costa Rica's parliament, the complex includes an enormous manse called the 'Blue Castle'
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Located on San José's Parque Nacional and across from the National Museum, the construction of this four-building complex dates to the early 20th century. The current seat of Costa Rica's 57-member unicameral parliament dates back to 1937, when construction began as the residence of the country's president, was suspended because of difficulties importing materials during World War II, and finally finished in 1958. But perhaps the most compelling of these structures is the Castillo Azul (Blue Castle), a thousand-square metre (10,800-square-foot) mansion declared a National Patrimony. Built in 1912, it has served a number of uses, including as residence of various Costa Rican presidents and at one point as the U.S. embassy.