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Address: Bordered by Avdas. 4 and 2 and Cs. Central and 1, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-221-3820
Description: The interior of this 1871 church is far more interesting than the...
The interior of this 1871 church is far more interesting than the neoclassic exterior.
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Breif Visit during Sunday Services

We stopped by the Cathedral briefly, because Sunday services were in progress and we didn't want to disrupt the congregation. This church is quite nice and doesn't have the overly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Walnut Creek
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped by the Cathedral briefly, because Sunday services were in progress and we didn't want to disrupt the congregation. This church is quite nice and doesn't have the overly garish colonial embellishments that we found in many of the churches in Ecuador. It was actually kind of a relief to realize that the church had not been built on... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is a must see location in San Jose. The church is typical of the area but one of the largest in the country. Lot's of stained glass, and gold leaf, paintings, and statues. You can walk in off the street, or many tours include the church in their itinerary.

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Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I was there on a Sunday and just happened into the service. Beautiful cathedral FULL of people, service after service. Very nice.

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Rees, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I am catholic and I love churches but this one is just huge with no charm and the only reason I was happy to be there was to pray and to take a break from the dirty surroundings. I do not recommend to visit it for architectural or art purposes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

It's a nice church but I would expect more from the main church in San Jose. It's really nothing special.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is a very "open-air" cathedral. Very friendly with impressive architecture. This is where the Pope visits when in Costa Rica.

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We did not set out to stop in this church, but when we came upon it we entered and gave a small donation. It is beautiful inside and out. Be respectful as a tourist though, the vast majority inside are actually there to worship.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It´s worth going into if you are walking around San Jose; beautiful glass windows, tile floors and architecture.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This church is located right in the center of San Jose. We stumped upon it while walking around San Jose for the day. The church is mostly white and has a very unique architecture to it. It is located directly across the park and only downside, has a lot of beggars and homeless people surrounding it.

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St Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was raised Catholic and am now Evangelical but whenevr I am in a Central American City I check out the Catedral. The Classic Spanish city design always featured a large chuch with a central park accross the street. In San Jose this is a wonderful Church there is no doubt in my mind it is a place where Our... More 

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