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Himno Nacional de Costa Rica

National Anthem of Costa Rica

The “Himno Nacional de Costa Rica” (English: “Costa Rican National Anthem”), also known by its incipit, “Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera” (English: “Noble fatherland, your beautiful flag”), is the national anthem of Costa Rica. Its music was composed by Manuel María Gutiérrez Flores [es], who dedicated the score to French adventurer Gabriel-Pierre Lafond de Lurcy [fr], and adopted in 1852. The music was created to receive delegates from the United Kingdom and the United States that year for the Webster-Crampton Treaty. It was the first Central American national anthem.

The anthem has had several lyrics; the current lyrics were written for a contest held in 1903 by the government of Ascensión Esquivel Ibarra to give the anthem lyrics that reflected the idea of being Costa Rican. The contest was won by José María Zeledón Brenes.

The anthem’s lyrics were made official in 1949 by the Founding Junta of the Second Republic, led by José Figueres Ferrer. The music was made official in 1979, under President Rodrigo Carazo Odio.

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