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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 2 days ago 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
Reviewed 3 days ago

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
Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a beautiful stop along our tour of the city. Gold alter and architecture is absolutely beautiful.

Thank aprilr0324
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You enter and immediately see the golden alter. it is STUNNING! Take your time to look at the details, then allow yourself to really take in the sides of this church and all that it offers. If you are at the alter - go toward...More

Thank lisalu43
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

The main reason for going to this church is to see the Baroque Alter de Oro (Golden Altar) beautifully decorated in gold leaf. The rest of the church is unremarkable although it is worth going to the top right corner of the church, walk down...More

Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed 4 January 2018

This church offers an opportunity for quiet repose and a look at a beautiful altar. If you are walking around this area, stop in for both.

Thank Codiak!
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

This is a small church located on one of the major streets in the old town Panama City. The altar is magnificent and extremely ornate in gold with fine design. This is a free attraction in the old town. If you enjoy visiting religious sites,...More

Thank Greg W
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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
9 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.