Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), San Jose

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Marvel at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), an elaborately designed historical church, sitting in the heart of San Jose and east of Parque Central. It was built in 1871 after the pre-existing church was destroyed in an earthquake. The façade features a grand renaissance style towering over the park plaza with tall columns. The inside exhibits a neoclassical interior with colorful Spanish-tile floors, stained-glass windows, and at the main altar stands 17th century Guatemalan statues of cherubs and of Christ. After exploring the church have a stroll or a picnic in the park opposite. Use our San Jose vacation planner to add Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) and other attractions to your San Jose vacation plans.
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  • Some interesting statues but nothing too special and not really worth making a social journey unless churches are your thing  more »
  • This cathedral is worth a stop on a walking tour through San Jose. It is not as pompous as one could expect but still quite a nice place directly opposite of Parque Central.  more »
  • A place to visit by the Catholic. Beautiful church, classic style. Paintings and figures in its interior are worthy of admiration.
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  • Cathedral with common outlook but very beautiful inside.
  • Beautiful cathedral.
  • Beautiful cathedral and open to the public! Lots of history here.
  • I was amazed with the beauty of this church. Its exterior is rather simple; but inside you will find that it is full of details. The Church was founded in 1846 by the Spaniards and was rebuilt due to an earthquake in 1990. It has stained-glass windows detailing Christ's passion, a pulpit that was used to give the father the mass. The roof of this church is impressive! AWE...
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  • I liked a lot to visit this church, in downtown San Jose, as I've seen it in other churches, the beautiful stained glass windows are. I was excited when seeing the imagery of passion and death of Christ, I found that the Jesus of Nazareth is a work of the workshop of Mateo de Zuñiga, carved in the late 17TH century or early 18th, this workshop was located in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros of Guatemal a, in the photos I put to this image.
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