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Beautiful inside and out

Centrally located in the Plaza de la Independencia the Basilica Santa Maria la Antigua or... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sarasota, Florida
Grand Old Church

This most impressive cathedral dates back to the late 1700’s - although work began more than 100... read more

Reviewed 28 January 2019
Boynton Beach, Florida
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Built between 1688 and 1796, this is a magnificent example of the religious colonial architecture of Panama.
Av Central 7-30 E, Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Centrally located in the Plaza de la Independencia the Basilica Santa Maria la Antigua or Metropolitan Cathedral is a must see. Begun in 1688 it took 108 years to finish. The exterior of the church is made of stone and brick while the two towers...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 28 January 2019 via mobile

This most impressive cathedral dates back to the late 1700’s - although work began more than 100 years prior! It’s dramatic stone facade is flanked by two gleaming white bell towers. There is a pleasant square in front where local artisans sell their wares. Unfortunately,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 18 November 2018

You will want to stop and take a photo of this old church and step inside to enjoy the decorations. Not overdone. Just right.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 28 September 2018

This Cathedral took about 100 years to build, starting 1688 and opened in 1796. The outside as well as the inside are very impressive for picture takers. I believe the Pope is going there in 2019.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

It’s hard to believe that this kind of treasure does exist in middle America! The impressive building complex gives me lots inspirations.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Situated at Plaza de la Cathedral,on Casco Viejo it's one of the largest churches in Central America. It's a Catholic Church ,of course. The exterior is unsual because of the 2 white towers on each side. The interior is magnificent. Beautifual altar and ceiling. Not...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank isabela982
Reviewed 16 April 2017

While in the old town area we stopped at this location for a short lecture on it's history. It is a beautiful photo location.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is a beautiful old church on Avenue Central and is worth a visit although it was under significant construction when visited. The adjacent plaza, Plaza Central is quite pretty.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Would have like to visit but a remodel was going on and you could not get in.Walked around it but, when it gets opened back up, go in.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Darrelweb
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Not a waist of your time - you will enjoy the majestic, antique craftsmanship of this Cathedral. Very authentic and beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank caviar21
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