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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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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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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

Reviewed 24 February 2017
Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

From floor to ceiling all to be admired. The stained glass windows are fantastic. I had the opportunity to attend the ceremony of the holy burial and it is something really wonderful

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a 'Great' Cathedral by European standards but culturally significant and worth a visit. Interesting architecture

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Center piece of costa rican faith (catholic, that is) where arch bishops and other high raking clergy man hang our and chill. Beautiful decor and tasteful design. Must see and photograph place if you come to "Chepe"

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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank MichaelDolgy
Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

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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Reviewed 2 March 2017

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

Thank Maureen R
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 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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Reviewed 24 February 2017

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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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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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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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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