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Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century, this small church features the famous Golden Altar (Altar de Oro), which is made entirely of pure gold.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Avenida A & Calle 8, Panama City, Panama
+507 228-8943
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Reviewed 1 week ago

With the historical golden altar and the nicely renovated building, the huge advent/christmas model is really attractive.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gandalf0801
Reviewed 1 week ago

This church is somewhat off the tourist trail and is under-visited in comparison to it's neighbours. The golden alter makes this church an instant hit with any visitor and the pictures as a result are beautiful. I would recommend that you check out this church...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Downstairs from the main church is a nativity scene,plus. The scene covers two walls and covers many aspects of Jesus’ life and times and is done in superb miniatures.It should not be missed.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

I visited this church as part of a walking tour of the city and I was in awe at the altar and the grand nativity scene.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

This “church with the golden altar” is not to be missed in the part of town known as “Old Panama.” The outside of the building is unremarkable, but the golden altar within is breathtaking. The people inside who run the gift area are friendly, and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cvsIII
Reviewed 23 November 2018

This church may not look like much on the outside, but once you enter the gold alter in front of you will spellbound you. The pope is visiting this church to dedicate this alter I believe in early 2019, so its no pushover. No entry...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Studio69
Reviewed 20 November 2018

Lovely, smaller church, with some. Different characteristics...the altar is gold leaf...with a story....legend may or may not be true, but fun to read about it anyway. Go all the way to the front to see the story.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 19 November 2018

Most amazing artistry ... the details of the town of Bethlehem transported you back to the time of Jesus' birth

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Carol R
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

Our private guide took us here on our walking tour. Impressive simple architecture with of course, the famous gold altar. The subject of many suppositions throughout its life, it probably did survive being pillaged by pirates! Maybe!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PasssionateTraveler
Reviewed 25 October 2018

The old cathedrals in Panama City were gorgeous. Even as a non-Catholic, the beauty of the old cathedrals was stunning. This was part of the tour we got when we booked for the Panama Canal tour and it was fascinating.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Judi Z
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Elaine H
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Response from jodif128 | Reviewed this property |
It is free and open to public
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11 December 2016|
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Sara G
9 January 2015|
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Hi Sara the cost is free and is open all day im not really sure for the hours maybe from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
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