San Jose Church, Panama City

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#4 of 17 in Historic Sites in Panama City
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. Put San Jose Church and other Panama City attractions into our Panama City travel route planning site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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  more »
  • This was a beautiful stop along our tour of the city. Gold alter and architecture is absolutely beautiful.  more »
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