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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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A Beautiful Cathedral

We really enjoy seeing churches so this cathedral was great for us. As part of a group tour our time here was limited to less than 30 minutes so we could not fully appreciate or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
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Ashburn, Virginia

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not to disparage its significance but there are better examples of churches. This one sits in a terrible part of town, which has been taken over by street vendors and pigeons and taxis. Inside, there is nothing ornate or interesting, its just a place of worship. Skip it unless you're actually Catholic.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The architecture of this church is impressive, it is worth coming in and viewing it. I also enjoyed the iconography and the painting on it. It has a lovely organ and outside is the central plaza

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Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We really enjoy seeing churches so this cathedral was great for us. As part of a group tour our time here was limited to less than 30 minutes so we could not fully appreciate or explore all that was there.

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Oromocto NB
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We look at churches as galleries of religious art. And this one was worth a visit. Costa Rica seems to be a rather devout place so their churches are well attended compared to other parts of the world, so their churches are usually well worth a visit. The stained glass, the alters and the pipe organs are all works of... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

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.

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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

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 

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