Process Commences to Restore Colonial Church of Nicoya

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The Ministry of Culture has now begun the process of restoring the Colonial Church of Nicoya, which suffered severe damage as a result of the earthquake of September of 2012.

For this purpose, they contracted a consultant’s firm overseen by the company Camacho y Mora SA, whose job consists of defining the best procedures for restoring the building to guarantee both structural improvement and architectural preservation. The results of the study were delivered April 23rd.

Nicoya’s Colonial Church was originally built around 1850 and declared a national heirloom in 1923.

The comprehensive restoration will consist of two phases, which in turn have two components: one structural and the other architectural. According to architect Oscar Flores from the heritage center, structural improvement must first be invested in for this work in order to later work on the aesthetic part.

The structural work will serve to prolong use of the church, which was originally built in about 1850 and declared a “national heirloom” in 1923.

The procurement department of the Ministry of Culture activated the contracting process on March 27th and it will be performed under the abbreviated bidding method, which can take between 4 and 7 months before starting work on the site.

Around 195 million colones ($367,925) will be invested in the first phase, using funds that come entirely from the budget of the nation’s Ministry of Culture.