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Address: Avenida A & Calle 8, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 2288943
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century, this...

Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century, this small church features the famous Golden Altar (Altar de Oro), which is made entirely of pure gold.

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Magnificent Altar

This lovely Spanish church is remarkable for it's huge gold altar. Carved in wood and gilt, it is the subject of many legends. Marvel at the intricate details and the depiction... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
dmittleman
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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El Cerrito, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A rich part of Panamanian history, so glad it was preserved, no matter what version of the story you believe. A peaceful stop is a nice area; a traveler's respite.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lovely Spanish church is remarkable for it's huge gold altar. Carved in wood and gilt, it is the subject of many legends. Marvel at the intricate details and the depiction of San Jose.

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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All white washed, getting ready for an opening again. Was closed th day I went so i cannot tell you what it is like inside. the square is lovely, bicycles melon and fruit drink sellers, little restuarants, chairs to sit about and a free concert were happening on my visit.

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Winnsboro, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Stunningly beautiful church. The altar, stained glass windows and interior of the church are typical of the old period of the Catholic church buildings, giving all reverence to God.

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Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

No need to go out of your way...It's a colonial church...you've seen them before. And that's about it.

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Tavernier, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We did get to see this beautiful old church with the gold altar. If there take the time to walk here and visit the church. Story of the gold altar is very interesting.

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New York City, New York, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This is an interesting piece of history and worth seeing as you walk by, but more of a 5 minutes stop to see the fabled golden alter.

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Many interior and exterior places to explore. Under going some interior renovation but still open June 2016l. Be sure to get a guided tour of the behind-the-scenes places inside the church, especially the Nativity miniatures.

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Old Town is extremely beautiful, and this church is like a gem in the Old Town. I am a Buddhist so I go very often to a temple, not churches. That day when there suddenly came a tropical storm rain with lightening, I was walking in the Old Town nearby San Jose Church. I ran into the church and had... More 

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Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

At first we thought that the repairs in front of the church were going to keep us from entering but one of the workers told us to go to the back and enter there. So glad we did. The altar is amazing. I plan to find out how one covered the altar with the gold gilt.

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