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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
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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King, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful Cathederal. We went inside. It was full of hand painted columns and statues. People were inside sitting quieting or just mulling around and taking in the beauty.

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Set on the main square, this church is at the heart of San Jose. It is a more modern building without the exterior adornments that are typical for the period in other Central and South American countries. The front door opens into an expansive church, which leads to the table and large cross in the front sanctuary. There are numerous... More 

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Walnut Creek
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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

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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Denver, Colorado
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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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