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Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

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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
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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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Tranquil place in a busy location

The church is located in a very busy area of downtown. I guess it is a popular church for tourists and local because of a famous landmark which is located in front (Central Park... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The outside is rather plain but the altar, intimate wood carvings and beautiful stain glass windows offer a very Roman classic design. This is a huge Cathedral so don't let the facade on the outside fool you.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church is located in a very busy area of downtown. I guess it is a popular church for tourists and local because of a famous landmark which is located in front (Central Park) of the cathedral. I attended the 10:30am Sunday mass which was in Spanish. While there were a lot of activities outside (traffic noise, music from the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always stop into churches to get a feeling for how the locals worship and I'm usually not surprised. But at the cathedral in San José, I was. This is a very modern church... not the usual colonial style of most Central and South American cities. It's clean and modern and offers a nice respite from the hustle and bustle... More 

Thank TravelGypsy1953
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very old cathedral in a vary religious culture. Impressive devoutly population. Nice religious art. Full to capacity when mass is scheduled. Must go at other times to enjoy the beauty.

Thank karen18169
Orange, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The inside was a little underwhelming. The stained glass windows are beautiful, but for a more unique experience, head down the street to the Igelsia Nuestra Señora de la Merced.

Thank Samndjsdad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I visited the San Jose Cathedral not expecting much. The grey exterior seemed to promise a stark, minimal interior. Imagine my surprise when I entered and noticed that much of the inside is done in the decorative style of William Morris! From the stained glass to the painted trim, I was reminded of the collection I'd seen at the Victoria... More 

Thank Dolores P
Colorado Springs, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

When a tour we had planned got canceled due to the rain you pull up trip advisor and see what else you can do since you drove an hour ! This gave us our second wind ! Small donation and we got here a mass ! Beautiful inside !!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

The stained glass windows and wood carvings are simply breath taking. The cathedral is massive and beautiful. Totally worth a pass through to see this place.

Thank Daviswisner11
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Lovely church with statues and painting everywhere. It is open most of the time for visitors so go ahead and go there, it has a unique spirit.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

A remarkable number of TA reviewers think this cathedral is beautiful, citing the stained glass windows are particularly beautiful. You might think "well, they can't all be wrong," but, yes, they can and they are. If you walk to this church, you'll notice on arrival that the cathedral is just as pedestrian as you are. But cheer up! Tomorrow you... More 

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