San Jose Church, Panama City

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#4 of 13 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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  • Church in a neighborhood that is being restored. A small church but with an altar made of all of gold. There are also other images on the site.
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  • Neighborhood undergoing restoration beauties in contrasts. The Church goes unnoticed, but when you enter is a revitalizing energy and q beauty enchants.
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  • It is a very beautiful and very well-preserved. The area is safe. Although it is better to go in group, you can walk on foot only. The visit is free but it is recommended to buy a souvenir to help with its maintenance.
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