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San Jose Church, Panama City

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#4 of 13 in Historic Sites in Panama City
Religious Site Historic Site
The whitewashed walls, quaint bell tower, and large wooden door immediately give away the age of San Jose Church, built not long after the first Spanish settlement here in the 16th century. Enter to see the main attraction: its impressive main altar, carved from wood and covered in striking gold leaf. The story goes that when an English pirate attacked the city, the Jesuits painted the altar black to hide its value and convince the insurgents to leave it behind. While the pirates sacked the old town, the altar remained, and takes pride of place to this day. San Jose Church is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Panama City Edition.
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  • in the old part of the picturesque city much gold as in the churches of Bahia Brazil, very good religious images a mural with the name of all the Popes up to the present day
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  • This church is situated within the historic centre and dates back to the 17th century. Particularly interesting is the main altar in Baroque style completely covered with gold and stands out for its beauty. The building itself, should be more careful, on all its outside although I have no doubt that it will be soon put into value, since there are many stories that are around and give a significant relevance to this temple.
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  • You need to go in for at least a second to see the Golden Alter, the only gold Henry Morgan didn't take.  more »

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