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San Jose Church

Panama City, Panama
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As featured in 3 days in Panama City
Ranked #15 of 59 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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lugano
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Visit this little Church and see "L'altare de oro". This is the only valuable thing that the famous Captain Morgan did not steal.

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160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were told the church currently isn't operating on a normal schedule. We were lucky enough to go inside. The church itself is small but the gold plated alter was beautiful! And has a great story behind it.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Beautiful Catholic church. Nicely decorated and stays open all day. There are two daily messes from Monday to Sunday. Time changes so, if you want to attend, you need to check at your hotel or at the church.

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Boquete, Panama
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Very pretty church with a gold altar. Lots to look at and spend time in quiet contemplation. Nice and cool to sit inside. Free.

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Fairfield, California
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8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

the parishioners were very friendly & proud of their very historical place of worship.since it's in Casco Viejo every significant tourist venue is well within walking distance

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The distinctive golden altar at St. Joseph Church was one of the few items saved from Panama Viejo during the 1671 pirate siege. It was buried in mud during the siege and then secretly transported to its present location. If you are visiting Casco Antiguo...please stop by and enjoy the energy at this place.

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Toronto, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

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
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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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62 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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12 helpful votes 12 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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