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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitan)

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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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Beauty, yes, but a bit rough

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2014
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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63 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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PANAMA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

It is amazing how spanish moved the front of this Cathedral from the first Panama "Old Panama". It tooks more than 100yrs to finish it.

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Houston, texas, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

This structure is something of a mess with rotting wood and pigeon droppings inside and out. It looks far better at a distance and while I did not find it different that many churches I have visited in Latin America it is a shame it has been allowed to fall into such disrepair. On the other hand the square on... More 

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