Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), San Jose

#2 of 6 in Historic Sites in San Jose
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • A contrast to the small churches in the countryside but this has been the capital since the Spanish ruled.  more »
  • With a decorative ceiling (of some patterns & such although not much of ornateness) above the main aisle, it was a pleasant walk around the inside of this cathedral where there's also like a chapel...  more »
  • Beautiful church. Got to experience mass while visiting. A bit hard to understand the sermon due to the speaker set up but overall a great experience.
  • I want to thank everyone that worked here for helping me when the tour bus i was on left me here. It was the first time here visting and i had no phone, dont speak the language all i know i was down town by my self, and it was overwhelming. But they didnt leave me they called the tour company that told me i was on my own they called the hotel witch came to get me thank you again

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