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San Jose Church

Panama City, Panama
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As featured in 3 days in Panama City
Ranked #12 of 55 attractions in Panama City
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century, this small church features the famous Golden Altar (Altar de Oro), which is made... more » Owner description: Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century, this small church features the famous Golden Altar (Altar de Oro), which is made entirely of pure gold. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We were lucky that San Jose Church was open. We were told that San Jose Church has been closing at 11:30am and we arrived at 11:15am. We were given a brief explanation about San Jose Church and the Gold Alter before entering the church. After the short visit in the church we only had about 20 minutes to stroll around... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

There are interesting 18th century wooden statues, paintings, and other religious articles that are of interest. Definitely worth extra effort to visit. Free! Also nice and cool with the ceiling fans on a hot day -- a nice repite!

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Los Angeles, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
46 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Beautiful church with a lot of history. We were lucky to have several days to stay in old town. The church was not open for viewing when we tried the first few times. We finally were informed of the schedule. The story of saving the alter from Morgan, the pirate, adds to the interesting nature of this church.

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New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This church was amazing. The statues, the arches, the intricate work all around the inside of the church was breathtaking. It showed you how proud the people of Panama are in the way they keep their house of worship.

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Every time we are in Casco Viejo we have to visit San Jose Church. It opens around 2 in the afternoon. Sorry, we don't get there early enough in the morning to know when it opens. It is such an exciting story to hear about how the altar was saved. The golden altar is awesome and the pirate story just... More

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MN
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We were doing a walking tour of Casco Viejo, which was in itself very interesting, as part of Caravan Tours. When we got to the church we were so excited because it was open. It is not always open, so we were very lucky to be able to see this magnificent piece of art. It was saved from the pirate,... More

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Yonkers, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This large,old church is on a narrow street in an area undergiong a lot of construction. Beautiful old church with the famous huge gold alter that was hidden from pirates.

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Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The Church of the Golden Altar is always on my list to see when I visit Casco Viejo. It's historic significance is reason enough to visit, but I also love the spirit and tranquility of this practicing church. There is a sense of awe and reverence (if the tourists are well-behaved).

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Florida
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115 reviews 115 reviews
57 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We stumbled up this church by accident while roaming the old city. Inside it is quite magnificent, something to see to believe. It doesn't take long to visit but it's well worth it.

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Dickson City, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Visited on a Sunday. It was beautiful to view as I well as side altars carved of wood depict ing various saints. If in the neighborhood stop in

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