Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)
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The interior of this 1871 church is far more interesting than the neoclassic exterior.
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  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,355 contributions
    Pretty and interesting church in San Jose
    We stopped to see this church while we were walking around San Jose during a recent stay there. It was very nice but less elaborately decorated than some other churches in South American and Spain. In some ways, this made the place have a calm and pleasant feel. It is worth stopping in here if you are in the area. Entry is free.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • The Wandering Reviewer
    Melbourne, Australia9,806 contributions
    Beautiful architecture
    Stunningly beautiful cathedral in the heart of the San Jose. We were fortunate that a special mass was about to be held. Quite the scene to see all the priests (?) in the special robes with gold and red embellishments, line up for the event. As an atheist, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the grandeur and spectacle that is the church. Interior is stunning and we were told to snap a few pictures before the service started. Well worth visiting but please be respectful of those who worship here.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 15, 2023
  • The_Wanderer1992
    Columbia, Maryland1,822 contributions
    Beautiful Church
    While in San Jose, my husband and I stopped here. It's open to the public for free; however, donation boxes are around if you choose to donate. It's a clean, beautiful church. My husband was disappointed to find out that the pipe organ is not in use.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Quinten Jiskoot
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands530 contributions
    Quite a common sight, but remarkable monument for San José
    Don´t expect a cathedral like in Mexico or even Guatemala, with rich decorations and baroque surprises. It´s nothing special, but still, one of the most remarkable monuments in the center of San José. Closeby you´ll find a statue of Anne Frank, quite a surprise.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 2, 2023
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Quinten Jiskoot
Amsterdam, The Netherlands530 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Don´t expect a cathedral like in Mexico or even Guatemala, with rich decorations and baroque surprises. It´s nothing special, but still, one of the most remarkable monuments in the center of San José. Closeby you´ll find a statue of Anne Frank, quite a surprise.
Written December 2, 2023
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD1,822 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
While in San Jose, my husband and I stopped here. It's open to the public for free; however, donation boxes are around if you choose to donate. It's a clean, beautiful church. My husband was disappointed to find out that the pipe organ is not in use.
Written November 25, 2023
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,806 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Stunningly beautiful cathedral in the heart of the San Jose. We were fortunate that a special mass was about to be held. Quite the scene to see all the priests (?) in the special robes with gold and red embellishments, line up for the event. As an atheist, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the grandeur and spectacle that is the church.
Interior is stunning and we were told to snap a few pictures before the service started.
Well worth visiting but please be respectful of those who worship here.
Written July 15, 2023
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FlyingOften
South San Francisco, CA109 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
I don't speak Spanish, so I didn't understand the mass. However, after mass, I walked around the cathedral, and it is gorgeous. The stained glass windows and statues of Christ are breathtaking.
Don't trust the internet. I found a listing that said that mass was at 1700 on Saturday, but it actually was at 1600, and I caught the priest saying the gospel.
Written May 6, 2023
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,187 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Beautiful Neoclassical Basilica constructed in the 1870’s, following the destruction by earthquake of the original 1802 church. This is the largest & primary Catholic Basilica within San Jose, located in San Jose’s Central core. Filled with beautiful stained glass & artwork, this is definitely worthy of a visit, or take a seat in the park across the street for the perfect exterior view. The Pope made a visit in the 1980’s.
Written April 30, 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The metropolitan church is a well maintained building (unlike the park in front). Distinctive pillars support the front structure with two identical bell towers.
Written April 9, 2023
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,355 contributions
Mar 2023
We stopped to see this church while we were walking around San Jose during a recent stay there. It was very nice but less elaborately decorated than some other churches in South American and Spain. In some ways, this made the place have a calm and pleasant feel. It is worth stopping in here if you are in the area. Entry is free.
Written April 8, 2023
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feruzadenyc
New York City, NY12 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
Beautiful, peaceful, worth the visit. I love the stained glasses throughout the cathedral. Great place to visit even if you are not pious.
Written March 9, 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
To take advantage of the sunny Sunday morning ( rain was predicted around noon), I tried to visit as many attractions located along Avenida 2 on my second day in San Jose.

The mass was going on at this church when I arrived, noting the simplicity of this church. I just finished visiting the Iglesia de la Soledad where both the outside facades and insides are beautiful. There are lots of beautiful while flowers along its aisle. These are not present at this church. I said my prayers and discretely left.
Written November 27, 2022
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Clarice F
Auckland, New Zealand45 contributions
Oct 2022
It was impressive. Te art work, stain glass windows, history in every nook Big and impressive.
Not only a building dedicated to their faith but a building of years of love
Written October 22, 2022
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