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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
Phone Number: 506-221-3820

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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Great Architecture!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Lexington, South Carolina
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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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)

Thank HRinMiami
Novato, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Great and buitifull great architecture peacfull place and free to go in and see everything sends something to the heart that most are missing

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Stop in for a rest from city walking. Although it is historic it appears fairly modern. Gorgeous stained glass and a very nice Holy Supulchre chapel. Visitors are clearly very welcome, but they are not catering tourists at all (no shop, entrance fee, etc.). IMO this is a good thing. There are bathrooms in the courtyard out the back/side entrance.

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Province of Girona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

It's a modest to normal construction to be a Cathedral, its access to something beyond main chapel is very limited, it remains open most during the majority of the day, one of the most attractive items could be the statue ivory made of Pope John Paul the 2nd looking at the city 2nd avenue, one of the most transited ones.

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Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

We were just passing by when we stopped in here. This is a beautiful Church built in the 1800's. I believe it was damaged by an earthquake and rebuilt in the same era. Just across from this church is a city park that was filled with people and children playing. It was a pleasant stop off in the busy downtown... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

It is one of the most beautiful and different churches we have visited. It is solemn, peaceful, and detailed in regards to art and culture.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The metropolitan cathedral is a much more modern structure (replaced several times in the last 200 years), but it is still a beautiful setting. Take the time to visit this place, even if the outside seems to suggest "just another church."

Thank Boyd F

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