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Address: Avenida A & Calle 8, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number:
2288943
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century, this...

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.

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Interesting story

Lots of construction around the church (preparing for the Pope's visit in 2 years) but the altar of gold is the attraction. However the story of the priest and the pirate (not... read more

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of construction around the church (preparing for the Pope's visit in 2 years) but the altar of gold is the attraction. However the story of the priest and the pirate (not going to spoil it) is what legends are made of.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I don't know how you could visit Casco Viejo and not visit this church. The story is compelling and the church is welcoming. 25cents for a votive. How can you not?

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After hearing the history of the church, I was glad I got to see it to imagine the effort it took preserve it.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many of the points of interest in Casco Viejo are ruins. Of the churches existing today, this one is the most interesting, featuring the Golden Altar (Altar de Oro). The story regarding Henry Morgan and the altar is not true according to the church, but still worth seeing.

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Frisco, texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An old church in Casco Viejo, in need of renovation; else it may crumble away. Small church inside, with nice gold altar. Worth a quick stop if you are in the area

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Another old church in Casco Viejo. The Augustinians who built it were forced out in the 1830s during the revolutionary days of Bolivar. When they came back 60 years later, they salvaged what they could. The interior dates from 1913, not my prefered period of religious architecture. The church looks desperately in need of an overhaul. Plants grow on top... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

You'd never know from the outside but the church's Gold Altar makes it a worthwhile stop. The itself church is small.

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Culver, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

The gold alter was amazing, the history of moving it was mind blowing, how cool to be able to see the statues on every wall, so detailed.

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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We had our tour person make a quick stop to see. Very nice old church. The gold wall at the alter was amazing. Good for a quick stop to see.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This is one of several churches in the Casco Viejo area. It is probably the least restored of the active churches but is still an interesting spot. The gold leaf altar is a must-see. Hopefully the restoration funding that has improved several other churches in the area will make it's way to this historic building.

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