Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)
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The interior of this 1871 church is far more interesting than the neoclassic exterior.
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  • The Wandering Reviewer
    Melbourne, Australia11,970 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful architecture
    Stunningly beautiful cathedral in the heart of the San Jose. We were fortunate that a special mass was about to be held. Quite the scene to see all the priests (?) in the special robes with gold and red embellishments, line up for the event. As an atheist, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the grandeur and spectacle that is the church. Interior is stunning and we were told to snap a few pictures before the service started. Well worth visiting but please be respectful of those who worship here.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 15, 2023
  • The_Wanderer1992
    Columbia, Maryland2,538 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Church
    While in San Jose, my husband and I stopped here. It's open to the public for free; however, donation boxes are around if you choose to donate. It's a clean, beautiful church. My husband was disappointed to find out that the pipe organ is not in use.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Quinten Jiskoot
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands676 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite a common sight, but remarkable monument for San José
    Don´t expect a cathedral like in Mexico or even Guatemala, with rich decorations and baroque surprises. It´s nothing special, but still, one of the most remarkable monuments in the center of San José. Closeby you´ll find a statue of Anne Frank, quite a surprise.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 2, 2023
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
While in San Jose, my husband and I stopped here. It's open to the public for free; however, donation boxes are around if you choose to donate. It's a clean, beautiful church. My husband was disappointed to find out that the pipe organ is not in use.
Written November 25, 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
To take advantage of the sunny Sunday morning ( rain was predicted around noon), I tried to visit as many attractions located along Avenida 2 on my second day in San Jose.

The mass was going on at this church when I arrived, noting the simplicity of this church. I just finished visiting the Iglesia de la Soledad where both the outside facades and insides are beautiful. There are lots of beautiful while flowers along its aisle. These are not present at this church. I said my prayers and discretely left.
Written November 27, 2022
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County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA3,679 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a nice church and worth a visit if you are in the downtown area, however I wouldn't go out of my way to visit. It isn't as nice or as distinctive as several other cathedrals and basilicas that we have visited elsewhere. The celing is nice so make sure you look up.
Written August 26, 2022
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Carlos N
Miami, FL252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
It's big compared to the other churches in the country, but cannot stand next to the cathedrals in Europe, Perú or Ecuador. Relatively modern, its elegant but cold. Don't pay for a tour, just enter after mass for free.
Written August 1, 2021
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We stopped to see this church while we were walking around San Jose during a recent stay there. It was very nice but less elaborately decorated than some other churches in South American and Spain. In some ways, this made the place have a calm and pleasant feel. It is worth stopping in here if you are in the area. Entry is free.
Written April 8, 2023
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deedee1951
Chappaqua, NY588 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Beautiful stained glass windows. Entrance is on side if building. Statue of Anne Frank sling sidewalk on that side. 10-15 minutes is good. Along Central Avenue a few blocks from all major sites
Written February 24, 2022
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Quinten Jiskoot
Amsterdam, The Netherlands676 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Don´t expect a cathedral like in Mexico or even Guatemala, with rich decorations and baroque surprises. It´s nothing special, but still, one of the most remarkable monuments in the center of San José. Closeby you´ll find a statue of Anne Frank, quite a surprise.
Written December 2, 2023
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
This huge Church can be found in the centre of San Jose near Central Park. The Church is very large and can't be missed, the exterior is grand and the interior is stunning. The stained-glass windows and statues are intricately designed and the main alter is incredible. The ceiling markings evoke such a sense of awe.
Written January 8, 2019
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Pawpaw's Travels
Duncan, OK316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
My wife and I love to visit churches whenever we travel and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this Cathedral. We were in San Jose prior to beginning a Collette tour for 7 days. I found they hold an English mass on Saturday at 4 pm so we made arrangements to be there. (We're not Catholic but love the experience.) The service was short but meaningful. After the group had mostly departed I carried on my tradition of singing a hymn with my bride as the acoustics are usually outstanding. During the chorus of "In the Garden," the priest steps up and joins with us to finish the song. "Such a beautiful hymn," he said. Certainly a memorable experience.
Written March 17, 2019
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Liketojourney
Denver, CO96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Metropolitan Cathedral is worth visiting if you are touring San Jose Costa Rica for a day. It’s located in the center of the city adjacent to the Central Park. It was built in 1871 and has a much more attractive interior than you would think just driving by and seeing the outside.

There are impressive stained glass windows on either side of the cathedral depicting saints and Christ in various scenes. The painting in the front of the church behind the altar is under a cupola and is also colorful and attractive. On the north side is a separate chapel for being present with Christ (often called an adoration chapel in the US). I was also impressed with the tile flooring pattern that runs throughout the church to the exterior and the semi-circle ceiling running the length of the worship area.

Non-flash photos are permitted in the church and guests are free to walk about if no service is in progress. Please be aware that a small number of people may be present to worship or quietly reflect on spiritual matters and may not want to be disturbed. I recommend visiting the chapel since Costa Rica is still a heavily Roman Catholic country and Metropolitan Cathedral will give you an idea of the most common form of religious community in the country.
Written September 11, 2010
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