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Address: Avenida A & Calle 8, Panama City, Panama
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+507 228-8943
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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You'd never know from the outside but the church's Gold Altar makes it a worthwhile stop. The itself church is small.

Reviewed February 6, 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed February 25, 2017

An old church in Casco Viejo, in need of renovation; else it may crumble away. Small church inside, with nice gold altar. Worth a quick stop if you are in the area

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 6, 2017

Another old church in Casco Viejo. The Augustinians who built it were forced out in the 1830s during the revolutionary days of Bolivar. When they came back 60 years later, they salvaged what they could. The interior dates from 1913, not my prefered period of religious architecture. The church looks desperately in need of an overhaul. Plants grow on top... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed February 6, 2017

You'd never know from the outside but the church's Gold Altar makes it a worthwhile stop. The itself church is small.

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Culver, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

The gold alter was amazing, the history of moving it was mind blowing, how cool to be able to see the statues on every wall, so detailed.

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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Reviewed January 30, 2017

We had our tour person make a quick stop to see. Very nice old church. The gold wall at the alter was amazing. Good for a quick stop to see.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed January 15, 2017

This is one of several churches in the Casco Viejo area. It is probably the least restored of the active churches but is still an interesting spot. The gold leaf altar is a must-see. Hopefully the restoration funding that has improved several other churches in the area will make it's way to this historic building.

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Reviewed January 14, 2017

Nothing special to say about this church. Just another 2min stop on your trip. If you passing by then you can stop for a moment but if you missed it you will not cry.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed January 4, 2017

Although the history of the altar being painted black is contested - it is a beautiful altar and church to visit.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed January 1, 2017

San Jose is a pretty little church, and a nice place to take a short break from the brutal heat and humidity!

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South Miami, Florida
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Reviewed December 30, 2016

Have tried to see this church several times but always it was closed. It has a famous altar in it that is worth the trip. Apparently it was painted black so pirates wouldn't know it was golden. The gold shows now though. Lovely artwork and part of a old Panama church restoration project. Free to enter and to take pictures... More 

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