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Address: Av Central 7-30 E, Panama City, Panama
Description: Built between 1688 and 1796, this is a magnificent example of the...
Built between 1688 and 1796, this is a magnificent example of the religious colonial architecture of Panama.
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Nice colonial church

Cute little plaza in front, and a typical colonial cathedral on the exterior. Inside, there are various states of originality. I liked the downscaled colonial style of it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
RandyKasal
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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258 reviews 258 reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I was out for a long walk just seeing stuff and ran into this jewel. What a beautiful old and historic part of the History of Panama City..I am glad I ran into it. Very glad I have some nice pictures of it. Not sure if they do tours or anything like that but I just wanted to enjoy the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Cute little plaza in front, and a typical colonial cathedral on the exterior. Inside, there are various states of originality. I liked the downscaled colonial style of it. More wood carvings and less gold. There is also a little sanctuary dedicated to Pope John Paul's visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I am not Catholic but we were here at Christmas and our hotel was within walking distance to the church. We decided to attend Christmas Eve mass and I am glad we did. It was the most beautiful church and church service I have ever attended at Christmas. Do not miss the opportunity to attend a service here if you... More 

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The exterior of this church is not beautiful in the usual sense of European cathedrals, but it has a certain something. Same goes for the interior. To me, the neighborhood around the cathedral is much more interesting historically and architecturally.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The cathedral itself is of middling interest. But the temporary exhibit on the Shroud of Turin, was quite interesting, though having no connection to Panama itself. Lighting inside is weak so it's best to enter during daylight hours only.

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Trinidad
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Such a work of art with lots of history but needs some renovations but nonetheless it is a very beautiful building....

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Willemstad, Curacao
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

To me it gave the impression that it really needs repairs. Must be said that all over the city I saw a lot of (street) repairs, construction(site)s, skycrapers in progress so next this Cathedral!?

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Panama City, Panama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

It is very very sad to see how the government does nothing to keep this beautiful and historic place standing and in perfect conditions... Such an important place is falling apart... IT NEED HELP!!!!

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The Woodlands, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Went to check out the Panama Canal Museum and see the work on restoring the Casco Antiguo near the presidential palace

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DFW, TX
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23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

An historical land mark worth visiting if you are walking in "Casco Viejo" aka San Felipe.

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