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San Jose Church

Address: Panama City, Panama
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Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #12 of 66 Attractions in Panama City
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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 entirely of pure gold.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This church is located right in a rather narrow, dilapidated street in Viejo Panama (Old Panama) city. It is in a residential area near Plaza Herrera on Calle 8/9 Avenida A. Upon entering the Church, it is dark but the sight of the famous golden altarpiece is located right in the center of the church. It was saved from being... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This old church for its history and beautiful sculptures and art. The church itself is rather non-descript inside and out. But, I guess that helps these details shine.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Well my family and I had a very interesting experience here. Like most people, the church was closed and locked when we went by the first two times. However, we were lucky because there was a baptism later that day that allowed us a glimpse of the alter. (Even longer story :) We were rushed through the church but I... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This church is located in a narrow street of Casco Viejo, a must visit neighborhood. The facade is very simple and old but pretty. The interiors are more spectacular, it has a golden altar. It is made of carved wood and it's covered in gold flake Take a quick look if you are visiting this area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The church opened ~10am. Very simple on the outside, and definitely worth a look on the inside! Quite clever, they were, to paint it black and hide it's sparkle. If you're in Old Panama City this is definitely worth a stop.

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The outside does not look like much but head on in. Take a look just to appreciate beauty. Be respectful as this church is operational.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

while in the old city we stopped in at San Jose church! It is remarkable how this GOLD alter was saved and rebuilt!

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

It is a very important part of our history...yes...I am from Panama. This church hosts a golden altar you will get very good pictures and a story to tell your friends.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The church doesn't look anything grand from outside, but once you get inside, you are just marveled by the huge gold altar- beautiful, intricately carved, and extraordinary. It was raining very heavily the day we went, but we are so glad we could see it.

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I always visit the historical churches in every city I visit. The history, culture, and beauty will never be recreated, again, You're here...visit it.

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