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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitan)

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Address: Av Central 7-30 E, Panama City, Panama

Built between 1688 and 1796, this is a magnificent example of the religious...

Built between 1688 and 1796, this is a magnificent example of the religious colonial architecture of Panama.

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When the work is finished the cathedral will be back to all its glory. Due to the work was not allowed inside

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2016
Heywood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Cool on a hot summer Sunday and less than one minute after seeking respite for the soul, we also avoided a tropical deluge. Historic cathedral full of art and atmosphere.

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Heywood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

When the work is finished the cathedral will be back to all its glory. Due to the work was not allowed inside

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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We caught a local taxi to Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia), which has a pretty rotunda in the centre and is surrounded by a number of old and historic buildings and museums. One such building is the unusual Cathedral Metropolitan - unusual because, externally, it has a central portion made of stone, but 2 side towers in white. It... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

The side street is closed and there is a fence around the entire cathedral. There are shrubs growing out of the towers.

Thank Sweagle97
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

It wasn't open to visit inside while we were there, but it is a stunning Cathedral. Must see, along with the others.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

The Metropolitan Cathedral is a fantastic place to visit in Casco Viejo...the history is fascinating and the site in great condition!!!

Thank Engerdes
Saint John, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

There are sea shells mother of pearl for the sailors to see the steeples. Inside you could see the marble plates had once been all broken and rebuilt. The floor was redone and you know the ceiling was rebuilt as was the big doors. Inside the columns were probably still standing but when you see the old buildings you can... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

Very simple, but beautiful cathedral in Casco Viejo. Free to enter. If you're walking around it's worth stopping in and reading the history.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

I've never been into a cathedral/church that uses its whole foyer as a museum to present information on how their religion is correct. It was actually titled "Evidence" ... on one hand it made it a more interesting stop than just seeing the architecture and altar but on the other hand "evidence" might be the wrong word. To each their... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

You will not be able to enjoy much as the cathedral is being re-built and it does look very poor now. But essentially this is an opportunity to make an encounter with history and with the role that the Church played in Latin America's colonial past. A visit also affords a moment to reflect on how those exploited by this... More 

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