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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
Phone Number: 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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Is interting to see and to learn more about this place, The costaricans are very attach to their religion and is better for us from other religion to see their priest preached.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The stained glass in the Metropolitan Church is really stunning, as is the beautiful indigo painted vaulted ceiling. There's also a side chapel with incredible glass too. Free to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built in 1871 and completely refurbished in the late 1990s to repair earthquake damage, the neoclassical cathedral, topped by a corrugated tin dome, isn't terribly interesting outside. But inside are patterned floor tiles, stained-glass windows depicting various saints and apostles, and framed polychrome bas-reliefs illustrating the Stations of the Cross. A magnificent 1891 Belgian pipe organ fills the church with... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Is interting to see and to learn more about this place, The costaricans are very attach to their religion and is better for us from other religion to see their priest preached.

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Thank Nico S
Melbourne
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Big and square, and not particularly beautiful. Check out the iglesia Merced down the road a few blocks, that one is gorgeous.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Beautiful old Cathedral. We were only able to view exterior as our bus tour did not stop, however I really wanted to view the interior. The pictures provided by other reviewers are gorgeous. Serene ambiance just standing outside this cathedral.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Its ok, but compared to most cathedrals in Latin America, rather plain and uninteresting. Worth wandering through if you happen to be passing, but wouldn't go out of my way to go see it (which I did)

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Novato, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I am not a Catholic or Christian, but I find this place to have a special energy and appeal for me even though I am a Buddhist. These mammoth structures puts us as individuals in a better perspective of how small we are relative to the structure. The place always has people there looking for comfort, divine guidance and comfort... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

the church and its surroundings are certainly wortwhile a visit, also nice to see from outside in the early evening

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Great and buitifull great architecture peacfull place and free to go in and see everything sends something to the heart that most are missing

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Stop in for a rest from city walking. Although it is historic it appears fairly modern. Gorgeous stained glass and a very nice Holy Supulchre chapel. Visitors are clearly very welcome, but they are not catering tourists at all (no shop, entrance fee, etc.). IMO this is a good thing. There are bathrooms in the courtyard out the back/side entrance.

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