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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitan)

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Address: Av Central 7-30 E, Panama City, Panama
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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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Well, I think there are many more interesting buildings in the Casco Viejo, at least under an architectural point of view. Still, you are due to bump into it when visiting, so you... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

It took more than one hundred years to build the Metropolitan Cathedral as more resources were allocated for the defence of the city such as the city wall. The cathedral is located on an old quite charming square. Currently you can only admire the colonial facade as the church is closed for restoration. The facade is quite pretty but in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This might be the begining of your tour through the "Casco Viejo", enjoy the small streets around the Cathedral and main square. At night you can enjoy a drink in front of this monument too

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Well, I think there are many more interesting buildings in the Casco Viejo, at least under an architectural point of view. Still, you are due to bump into it when visiting, so you may want to take a look inside.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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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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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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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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