the soundtrack to my three months of living in Costa Rica has been almost exclusively, the 4 twenty one pilots’ albums: self-titled, vessel, blurryface, and trench. this upcoming 4-part photo series will feature captions with their lyrics describing an even deeper contextualization of my overall pure vida experience.
These ruins are a cultural heritage site. Technically, the site can’t be called “ruins,” because it was never actually completed. Here’s why (and this is a crazy amount of earthquakes):
1575 – several churches have existed on this site since this time
1630 – first building destroyed by an earthquake
1656 – demolished
1662 – consecration of a new building
1718 – heavily damaged by another earthquake
1756 – another earthquake damaged the church
1841 – finally destroyed on September 2, 1841 by the San Antolin earthquake
1870 – the last attempt to rebuild the church was started; built in Romanesque style (only one in Costa Rica)
construction was halted for 30 years
1903-1904 – restarted again
1910 – construction finally halted for good after the Santa Monica earthquake
Today, it’s a beautiful park.
According to a popular legend, there were two brothers who lived in Cartago. One of them was a single, nice guy and the other was a priest. A rivalry arose between them as they both fell in love with the same woman. She chose and married the single, nice guy. The priest was infuriated, and did everything he could to destroy his brother. Then, in 1577 during the New Year’s mass, he saw his brother in the church and killed him with a knife. In penance for his mortal sin he built a church for the city, but one year after, an earthquake destroyed it. Each time it was rebuilt, another new earthquake destroyed it, until 1910 when it was canceled and thought to be a cursed site. It is also said that on foggy nights, it’s possible to see the priest, headless, inside the ruins, wandering for eternity as his penance for desecrating a holy site. (wiki)
No one can say for sure if this is an abandoned hotel or an abandoned restaurant, if the developer died or if the developer ran out of money before it could be completed…but, either way, this is a cool, mysterious site hidden up high within the forest; a worthy hiking exploration. Follow the pics below:
On the pavements at the intersection of Pilsudskiego and Swidnicka streets, Polish artist Jerzy Kalina installed a total of 14 life-like statues–seven people descending into the ground on one end of the junction and seven people emerging from the ground on the adjacent corner.
The public art installation called Przejscie, translated as Passage or Transition was installed at the cross streets in December 2005 to mark the 24th anniversary of when martial law was introduced in Poland (December 13, 1981). It was a time when many ordinary civilians were killed and went missing, which is reflected by the descending pedestrians who disappear into the Earth. The imposing method of military ruling was lifted in 1983, as echoed by the rise of the ordinary man on the opposite side of the street. The installation provides a visual representation of time and power. https://mymodernmet.com/jerzy-kalina-passage-transition/
Creator: Gross, Frederic (gable)
Date: 1587-1592 (gable)
The Griffin House (Dom Pod Gryfami) on the western side of Wroclaw’s Rynek has one of the square’s tallest perimeter facades, built in the Flemish Renaissance style. (info from PSU Library)