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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
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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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Is interting to see and to learn more about this place, The costaricans are very attach to their religion and is better for us from other religion to see their priest preached.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 3, 2016
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Belle Plaine, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The finest church in San Jose, filled with religious artwork. Wonderful interior workmanship and architecture.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

If you wanna see a nice Catholic Temple, 3 blocks south from the Cathedral, you find the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced, which is a colorful and pretty Gothic-tico building, with wood interiors and nice stained glasses. In the same spirit with higher expectations, go to Cartago to visit the Basilica de la Virgen de los Angeles, which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

The stained glass in the Metropolitan Church is really stunning, as is the beautiful indigo painted vaulted ceiling. There's also a side chapel with incredible glass too. Free to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Built in 1871 and completely refurbished in the late 1990s to repair earthquake damage, the neoclassical cathedral, topped by a corrugated tin dome, isn't terribly interesting outside. But inside are patterned floor tiles, stained-glass windows depicting various saints and apostles, and framed polychrome bas-reliefs illustrating the Stations of the Cross. A magnificent 1891 Belgian pipe organ fills the church with... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Is interting to see and to learn more about this place, The costaricans are very attach to their religion and is better for us from other religion to see their priest preached.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Big and square, and not particularly beautiful. Check out the iglesia Merced down the road a few blocks, that one is gorgeous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Beautiful old Cathedral. We were only able to view exterior as our bus tour did not stop, however I really wanted to view the interior. The pictures provided by other reviewers are gorgeous. Serene ambiance just standing outside this cathedral.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Its ok, but compared to most cathedrals in Latin America, rather plain and uninteresting. Worth wandering through if you happen to be passing, but wouldn't go out of my way to go see it (which I did)

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Novato, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I am not a Catholic or Christian, but I find this place to have a special energy and appeal for me even though I am a Buddhist. These mammoth structures puts us as individuals in a better perspective of how small we are relative to the structure. The place always has people there looking for comfort, divine guidance and comfort... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

the church and its surroundings are certainly wortwhile a visit, also nice to see from outside in the early evening

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