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“Metropolitan Cathedral - The spiritual side of Costa Rica” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)
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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour
Ranked #13 of 115 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: The interior of this 1871 church is far more interesting than the neoclassic exterior.
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“Metropolitan Cathedral - The spiritual side of Costa Rica”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2010

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.

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