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San Jose Church

Avenida A & Calle 8, Panama City, Panama
+507 228-8943
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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.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Avenida A & Calle 8, Panama City, Panama
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+507 228-8943
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Incredible church. Absolutely gorgeous inside. But be careful not to overdress like we did when attending a wedding 4 years ago...there is no AC. But worth the sweat.

Thank pajaritosteeves
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Not only is the golden alter beautful but this is one of 3 churches in Casco Viejo that have the most elaborate Nativity Scenes within the church. You need to ask about it because it is in a back room but well worth your time.

Thank Tony L
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

very nice, we enjoyed the peaceful visit, make the time for a service if possible, get the real appreciation for the place

Thank Ken J
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

We saw this church on a tour and inside was a nativity scene unlike anything I have ever seen. It tells the story of the birth of Christ. A must see.

Thank njeromchek
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The gold leafed altar is quite the attraction and when there is a wedding there, wonderful to see how it has been decorated.

Thank ICanTravelPanama
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

This charming church has a gorgeous altar of note and a cresh in the back room that tracks Jesus’ early life. The Spanish influence is felt throughout and the staff was very helpful and offered tours.

Thank Jodi F
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

The church is very beautiful. The alter is a must see. We were surprised that they allowed people in with shorts and tank tops.

Thank OttawaPixie
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

this is a beautiful church. is located in casco viejo. its a must visit in Panama. is has a golden altar. it has air condition. you can walk from Plaza Herrera or from the Cathedral

Thank racrich2000
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

It was very inspiring to stop in such a beautiful church during our visit to Old Town! The church has been beautifully restored. W highly recommend a visit.

Thank rgtravel11
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Just restored ! A main church in our past , with great religious art and history ! It is cool inside so you can have a little respite while visiting our lovely Casco Viejo

Thank Susana V
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Sara G
10 January 2015|
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Hi Sara the cost is free and is open all day im not really sure for the hours maybe from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
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