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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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Check out the stained glass windows

I'm not a religious person but I visit churches and cathedrals where ever I go for arts sake. This cathedral has wonderful stained glass windows from Paris.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Saratoga, California
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Ft Laud, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A Must stop in very historic and beautiful In the heart of town Wish they advertised mass times online

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Classic architecture . Everything you might expect in a great cathedral . Beautiful statuary , vaulted domes , stained glass , and more.

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Saratoga, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I'm not a religious person but I visit churches and cathedrals where ever I go for arts sake. This cathedral has wonderful stained glass windows from Paris.

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

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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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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