Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), San Jose

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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Diane K
Venice, FL3,651 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stopped by around noon on a weekday and there was a service underway. We sat in the back for awhile. The church is very tastefully decorated with pretty decorative tile floors. It is right across the street from Central Park.
Written January 16, 2020
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Carlos N
Miami, FL189 contributions
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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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
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, OK315 contributions
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, CO91 contributions
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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josepY5475FP
Hamilton, Bermuda32 contributions
Oct 2017
Each time we visit San Jose we always attend Mass at the beautiful cathedral. Behind the central altar there is a beautiful painting of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (the dove). There is also a left side chapel where Mass is sometimes celebrated, and holds the Perpetual Adoration. Sometimes we go there during a weekday just to meditate and pray. We have visited San Jose, CR 8 or 9 times.
Written March 9, 2018
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,313 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
This church is located right in the center of San Jose. We stumped upon it while walking around San Jose for the day. The church is mostly white and has a very unique architecture to it. It is located directly across the park and only downside, has a lot of beggars and homeless people surrounding it.
Written August 14, 2014
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TriciaLyman
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico132 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
This is a must for church viewers. It's a beautiful cathedral that watches over the city in all its glory. Definitely good to the eyes! Make sure a wander through all of the church as well as the lovely grounds. Peace be with you.
Written April 27, 2013
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myjourneyRoswell_GA
Roswell, GA2 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
Visiting this beautiful church was a spiritual experience. As Catholics, we seek out and tour churches, especially Catholic churches, when we travel. The architecture is impressive, especially the altar, chapel and stations of the cross. We were especially impressed with the pristine condition of the church - there were workers painting and cleaning, even as we visited, unlike the surrounding area, which was rather run down and dirty. We felt the reverence of the parishioners. We visited this same area 8 years ago, during Easter week and saw the parishioners lead a procession on Good Friday. That was also quite a spiritual, reverent experience.
Written July 28, 2011
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
Jan 2020
With a decorative ceiling (of some patterns & such although not much of ornateness) above the main aisle, it was a pleasant walk around the inside of this cathedral where there's also like a chapel room of some size (with its own altar apart from the main altar & with also beautiful stained-glass drawings on its windows), but the interior I would say is for the most part a "bare one" with no shrines or such along its length on either side (except for some sculptures here & there on those sides). And yes, also actually upon arrival, I was a bit surprised by "the structure" of this cathedral which is kind of not on the scale of the "main cathedral" of a big city and lacking parts such as tall towers on the front side & high facades for its sides (although yes not a unique case here with also similar structures of the 2 other main cathedrals that I can recall namely those of Buenos Aires & Quito).

Located in a "vibrant area" of the city, just to the left after coming out of this cathedral is a "pedestrian street' lined with shops & mini-malls; and to the right after coming out of here is the big street Av. 2 where a left turn followed by about a 5-minute walk is another cathedral which is Iglesia de la Merced (and which is actually one of a "more imposing' structure than this cathedral!), and also on Av. 2 but a right turn onto it followed by just a short few-minute walk is Teatro Nacional (the city's main theater building with an elaborate interior for "quite a worthwhile" visit of about an hour guided by the staff). And also should not be missed around this cathedral (actually in the plaza right in front of it) is the colorful city logo with the words 'SJD VIVE' for a nice photo-op.
Written September 21, 2020
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