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

Built between 1688 and 1796, this is a magnificent example of the religious colonial architecture of Panama.

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Very simple, but beautiful cathedral in Casco Viejo. Free to enter. If you're walking around it's worth stopping in and reading the history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Nashville, Tennessee

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Princeton, New Jersey
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Metropolitan Cathedral is a fantastic place to visit in Casco Viejo...the history is fascinating and the site in great condition!!!

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Saint John, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are sea shells mother of pearl for the sailors to see the steeples. Inside you could see the marble plates had once been all broken and rebuilt. The floor was redone and you know the ceiling was rebuilt as was the big doors. Inside the columns were probably still standing but when you see the old buildings you can... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very simple, but beautiful cathedral in Casco Viejo. Free to enter. If you're walking around it's worth stopping in and reading the history.

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Thank Chris L
Los Angeles, California
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336 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've never been into a cathedral/church that uses its whole foyer as a museum to present information on how their religion is correct. It was actually titled "Evidence" ... on one hand it made it a more interesting stop than just seeing the architecture and altar but on the other hand "evidence" might be the wrong word. To each their... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

You will not be able to enjoy much as the cathedral is being re-built and it does look very poor now. But essentially this is an opportunity to make an encounter with history and with the role that the Church played in Latin America's colonial past. A visit also affords a moment to reflect on how those exploited by this... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Hard to believe that just a few years back this are was one the most dangerous places in Panama! Looks great and is very picturesque.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

This cathedral is located on Independence Square in the historic center of Casco Viejo and was built from 1688-1796. It was designed by military engineers and looks like two different churches from the outside as the stone carved façade and wooden doors are basically Spanish Colonial style while the flanking two bell towers are Neo-Classical. They actually belonged to the... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

Burned down 3x's and rebuilt. The area it's located is essential to see during a visit to Panama City. The interior wasn't as impressive as other churches/cathedrals throughout the area. But the fact that this building still stand is pretty cool when it comes to its history!

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Interesting church in Casco Viejo next to plaza. Often you will see an artist sketching the Catedral or the plaza. In the palza there are often vendors selling handicrafts.

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Bogota, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Located in the Casco Viejo district and centered with plaza principal, this old church is simply beautiful. It is in need of repairs, and they are taking donations from the public in order to continue the work. Put it on your list of things to see while you are in this area of Panama City. We were able to ask... More 

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