Capilla San Jose, Panama City

4.5
The whitewashed walls, quaint bell tower, and large wooden door immediately give away the age of Capilla San Jose, built not long after the first Spanish settlement here in the 16th century. Enter to see the main attraction: its impressive main altar, carved from wood and covered in striking gold leaf. The story goes that when an English pirate attacked the city, the Jesuits painted the altar black to hide its value and convince the insurgents to leave it behind. While the pirates sacked the old town, the altar remained, and takes pride of place to this day. Put Capilla San Jose and other Panama City attractions into our Panama City travel route planning site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • if viewing amazing architecture and holy houses of worships is your must do venture while vacationing than dont miss a tour of this gem tucked into Panama city.  more »
  • Joselito in the cathedral where he was canonized by Pope Francis, it is worth entering note 10 and the location is great for walking
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  • Gorgeous church with gold altar and significant history
  • Must go see the nativity scene inside. Year round display donated to the church that depicts the life of Jesus beyond just a single nativity scene.
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