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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 good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Avenida A & Calle 8, Panama City, Panama
+507 228-8943
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

If you are in Casco Viejo then stop by to see the golden altar. A great stop in old town Panama City.

Thank JaxCA
Reviewed 23 September 2017

very beautiful old church in old town. open to look around. many statues and stain glass to look at.

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 24 August 2017

It is an exquisite church. It is a must see. The interior is very small, but beautiful. The church was built in 1657. It has a great history. If you ever visit Old Panama City, you will learn more about it.

Thank Knight0323
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Lots of history here. Needs the full attention and a little prior research to appreciate it fully. Inspiring!

Thank Tip P
Reviewed 15 June 2017

You need to go in for at least a second to see the Golden Alter, the only gold Henry Morgan didn't take.

Thank mjbinkc
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This church from colonial times has a gold plated altar. It is an example of the Spanish influence in the colonies of the Americas. The walk around old Panama City is an wonderful experience.

Thank karenwrye
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This church has an altar covered with gold leaf. There are "fairy" tales regarding this altar and the pirate Captain Morgan. You can read about them within the church and then decide for yourself.

Thank cynthiarob
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Very impressive especially for such a smaller church! The small size makes it even more appealing to me. With the inspiration it's well worth a visit .

Thank george60898
Reviewed 11 April 2017

From the outside this is a run down plain looking building.... then you walk in and wow! The gold altar and the side altars are lovely works of art. Take a few minutes and look at each altar and the details in them. They are...More

Thank 2DiveBums
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I went here on a walking tour of Old Panama with a bus group from Decameron Resort. This Church is lovely. The story of the pirates & disguising the gold was interesting.

Thank luv2cruise2
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Allen B
11 December 2016|
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Response from rhamba k | Reviewed this property |
Sorry dont know
Sara G
10 January 2015|
Response from Grace H |
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.