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“Golden experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of San Jose Church

San Jose Church
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$104.99*
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Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #14 of 171 things to do in Panama City
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Brownsville, Texas
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Golden experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

What a lovely historic church in Casco Viejo. Each time I visit there I admire the golden alter together with the stained glass windows. Takes just a few minutes to admire but will give you hours of memories.

Visited July 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Beautiful Architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

This Church actually still holds Mass. Very clean and Architectural. Interesting...... Right across the street, a young guy was serving hot dogs/smoke sausages on his grill in front of his home (On the sidewalk). Area is in a low poverty and work construction area.

Visited June 2012
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Hyattsville, Maryland
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“Breathtaking.....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Just breathtaking....felt as though I was stepping into the history books...loved it..I was thrilled at the fact the church remains open for all despite its treasures. One of my Panamanian friends shared its the one place she always visits when in Panama.

Visited August 2012
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

While in Casco Viejo, you have to visit all the old churches. It's great history, culture and architecture.

Visited June 2012
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Visalia, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Altar d'Oro”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

The Iglesia de San José is home of the Golden Altar. According to our guide, it is open intermittently and not on any schedule. We were lucky to see it, plus there was a children's choir singing.

Visited June 2012
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