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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitan)

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Address: Av Central 7-30 E, Panama City, Panama

Built between 1688 and 1796, this is a magnificent example of the religious...

Built between 1688 and 1796, this is a magnificent example of the religious colonial architecture of Panama.

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Great photo site

While in the old town area we stopped at this location for a short lecture on it's history. It is a beautiful photo location.

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San Marcos, California
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San Marcos, California
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293 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

While in the old town area we stopped at this location for a short lecture on it's history. It is a beautiful photo location.

Thank ntflady
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 636 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful old church on Avenue Central and is worth a visit although it was under significant construction when visited. The adjacent plaza, Plaza Central is quite pretty.

Thank Oldjack
Tubac, Arizona
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Would have like to visit but a remodel was going on and you could not get in.Walked around it but, when it gets opened back up, go in.

Thank Darrelweb
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Not a waist of your time - you will enjoy the majestic, antique craftsmanship of this Cathedral. Very authentic and beautiful.

Thank caviar21
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Not even the frnt can be seen. Go to the plaza in front and take a break with the free wifi. One block from the paseo de las bovedas.

Thank Kensabato
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 429 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

I've been to this Cathedral in the past when it was open. It has been closed for restoration for some time. You can't go inside and see it's treasures. The exterior is under almost complete scaffolding. I'm not sure when it will be finished but I am hopeful that it will be soon and that the authorities will bring it... More 

Thank dmittleman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Cool on a hot summer Sunday and less than one minute after seeking respite for the soul, we also avoided a tropical deluge. Historic cathedral full of art and atmosphere.

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Heywood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

When the work is finished the cathedral will be back to all its glory. Due to the work was not allowed inside

Thank AndyCorns
Brisbane, Queensland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 677 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

We caught a local taxi to Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia), which has a pretty rotunda in the centre and is surrounded by a number of old and historic buildings and museums. One such building is the unusual Cathedral Metropolitan - unusual because, externally, it has a central portion made of stone, but 2 side towers in white. It... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

The side street is closed and there is a fence around the entire cathedral. There are shrubs growing out of the towers.

Thank Sweagle97

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