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Cartago, Costa Rica

Administration
Full nameCartago
Official nameCartago
Settlement typeCity
MottoFide et pace (Latin)
"Faith and Peace"
CountryCosta Rica
ProvinceCartago Province
CantonCartago Canton
Founded1563
Capital City until1823
Government
MayorLic. Rolando Rodríguez Brenes (PLN)
Geography
Total Area58.9 sq mi (152.68 km2)
Elevation4707 ft (1434.7 m)
Demography
Total Population156,600(2) (2008)
Metro (pop.)413,505 (2)
Other information
Time zoneCentral Standard Time (UTC-6)
Patron saintSaint James the Greater

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Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25 km (15 miles) east of the capital, San José. It is at an elevation of about 1435 m (some 4,707 ft) above sea level, at the base of the Irazú Volcano. Cartago is the capital of Cartago province. The city covers an area of 152,68 km2. It includes the districts of city downtown: Oriental, Occidental (known as the typical downtown area), San Nicolás (the main entrance to the city, at west), El Carmen (north), Dulce Nombre, San Francisco (at south, San Francisco is known commonly as Aguacaliente), and Guadalupe (Arenilla). The city is part, with the cities of San Rafael de Oreamuno and Tejar del Guarco, of a continuous urban area that, in 2008, had a population of 156,600 inhabitants, according to the Statistics and Census Institute of Costa Rica.


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