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Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

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Address: Bordered by Avdas. 4 and 2 and Cs. Central and 1, San Jose, Costa Rica
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506-221-3820
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The interior of this 1871 church is far more interesting than the...

The interior of this 1871 church is far more interesting than the neoclassic exterior.

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Very old church

Metropolitan church has a rich history snide its walls. I felt that I was touring a very sacred place filled with rich culture. I had an opportunity to peek inside one of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not in our bucket list, but if you have some time , you can come and visit biggest cathedral in Costa Rica. and if you get lucky even listen some preaching inside

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We entered the free uninspiring church by climbing the fenced stairs to the peal of its 2 tower's bells. The bright tiled interior was surprisingly beautiful; a long classic 3 aisle hall divided by 14 Doric columns. Its high center arch ended in a large well lighted and colorful dome over the altar ambulatory. We were drawn to the 12... More 

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Howden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here in February, was very impressed with the interior of the church. The Windows were lovely.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unlike some Latin American capitals, San Jose does not have an historical Colonial downtown. At least buildings that might have been there in the past have been destroyed by earthquakes or torn down for another reason. The cathedral or Metropolitan church is a case in point. Although it was originally built I believe in 1802, t has been restored a... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Metropolitan church has a rich history snide its walls. I felt that I was touring a very sacred place filled with rich culture. I had an opportunity to peek inside one of the local jewels. I could feel how important religion is to the community. A wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone who has a curious mind. You... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

From outside it does not look like an interesting building. Grayish in color and kind of footless. Neoclassical colums in front like many other worldly buildings from the same period. However inside you get a very different feeling. It is rather cosy for a cathedral. Not light but rather dim also because of the short Roman style arches and windows.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Beautiful church in terms of stained glass, religious icons (check out the visitor pix to get a taste) I stumbled into someone in the organ loft practicing - gorgeous. Would have loved to visit during a service to hear the music.

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los angeles, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Located in san jose down town. A more modern church but beautiful, with a European touch. With the most beautiful window glass paint decor.

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Belle Plaine, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The finest church in San Jose, filled with religious artwork. Wonderful interior workmanship and architecture.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

If you wanna see a nice Catholic Temple, 3 blocks south from the Cathedral, you find the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced, which is a colorful and pretty Gothic-tico building, with wood interiors and nice stained glasses. In the same spirit with higher expectations, go to Cartago to visit the Basilica de la Virgen de los Angeles, which... More 

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