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After five weeks of traveling in Central America, I am back home. As you can guess. I have a lot of photos to show. I will post more on Facebook and Instagram if someone was interested.
Here is the building in San Jose that I have found unique. It was difficult to believe that it is metallic. I had doubts so I checked it, knocking on the walls. Indeed!

This building, made up entirely of steel panels and elements, dates back to the era of Gustave Eiffel. Though it is rumored to have been designed by Eiffel himself, the truth is it was designed by Charles Thirio, a local architect.

In Europe, the steel industry was booming in the 1890s, which prompted Thirio to design a building and showcase all the benefits of steel construction. The designs were sent to Belgium, where the pieces were made and shipped by ocean liner. The building was assembled and completed in about 4 years. It was immediately purchased by the government, who considered it a unique demonstration of modern construction.

The building has always housed schools and continues to do so to this day. On top of the main entrance is a statue of the goddess Minerva of wisdom.
Two more views in Workshops.

I was in Costa Rica in the rainy season. It rained indeed a lot. While in Europe there was a heat wave, near the Equator I rarely had a blue sky.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13721 W: 141 N: 35557] (159886)
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