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If you love dioramas, this cathedral is a must!

I'm not generally a fan of touring cathedrals, but I was taken to this cathedral as part of a... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2017
Adrienne S
Durham, North Carolina
"Hidden" spectacular Nativity Scenes in special room

This is a simple chaple in Casco Antiguo off Plaza Bolivar. It's charming for itself. A couple of... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Sharon B
Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

Beautiful scenery inside this cathedral for pictures. I found the most interesting to be the room full of different Nativity Scenes. Possibly the largest in the world or at least I think so.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

The statues have good descriptions and are in English so it is a good place to visit if you like Catholic churches and speak English. It is not really big but it is worth a few minutes to wander around and say a pray.

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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Not much gold, but historic frescos and terra-cotta decor. We visited during the Christmas season and could admire some beautiful nativity scenes.

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Reviewed 28 May 2017

I'm not generally a fan of touring cathedrals, but I was taken to this cathedral as part of a Spanish lesson. You must ask permission to go into the back room where the diorama is kept. It' s a large display about the various stories...More

Thank Adrienne S
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The potentially interesting Palacio de Bolivar was closed. The Iglesia San Felipe Nuri was open. I ventured in followed by a cat. I wasn’t impressed. Neither it seems was the cat because it just lay on the floor and looked bored. Seen it all before,...More

Thank Richard J
Reviewed 19 February 2017

After two fires in the 1700's, the Church was rebuilt over the centuries and has been recently restored to its original humble state. Immediately adjacent to the Chapel is a room containing a large miniature depiction of holy locations of Christ's life beautiful presented.

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a simple chaple in Casco Antiguo off Plaza Bolivar. It's charming for itself. A couple of years ago, a Panama family donated a huge Nativity display that is lovely. To see it, you must enter the chapel and ask the attendant if you...More

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This is the greatest collection of nativity scenes from all over the world. Well worth going to see it. You need to ask about wanting to see it.

Thank turnmaster
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This well maintained church prides itself in a unique miniature diorama of different scenes from the bible. It is quite large and detailed. The church itself is very atmospheric though the facade is blocked by a new building!

Thank dmittleman
Reviewed 11 August 2016

In Casco Antiguo, on a corner of Plaza Bolivar, this little chapel is easy to miss. It's a white building with no fanfare. Inside, it is a lovely serene place. Recently, a local family from the Obarrio neighborhood donated the amazing family collection of "the...More

Thank Sharon B
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