Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, San Juan

Church · Historic Site
Pay a visit to one of the oldest churches in the Americas, Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista. Constructed in the early 16th century, the building was restored numerous times over the centuries. The small but charming building features a 19th-century Neoclassical facade, but its main claim to fame is the tomb of Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish explorer, conquistador, and the first governor of Puerto Rico. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista by using our San Juan route planning website.
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  • Beautiful church in the western part of town. Near the moro fort or governor mansion. Many colorful buildings  more »
  • This is the oldest Cathedral in America and the 2nd oldest in the western hemisphere. It was beautiful inside. There were plenty of places to sit or pray, and we were impressed with the stained...  more »
  • This is a must stop while in OSJ! The medieval architecture is breathtaking, and filled with so much history - the tomb of Ponce DeLeon, beautiful stained glass windows and art. Good to know that...  more »
  • SAN JUAN is totally one of my favorites. I am.a stick and move kind of travel. I go once....and that's that for me...but not San Juan PR. I keep finding my way back again and again. Its NY with Palm trees and turquoise water... I just love it!! The Traveling New Yorker
  • Beautiful! Just mesmerizing! A + is that people/visitors are respectful...and keep it pretty quiet. Great for a nice walkthrough and some pictures. The little shop on the side of the Cathedral has little tokens to take with you and the staff there were extremely friendly!
  • Incredible historic Cathedral. View holy relics, stand in awe of the architecture and stained glass, and if you have the chance, stay for a service, they have incredible singers and peaceful words. 馃檹馃徑 Thank you.
  • Built in the 1500's this church has been well maintained and beautifully updated. You can sense the history of this facility. Definitely worth visiting.
  • This is the best cathedral ever. I would definitely come here to pray 馃檹 and confess. When I especially come visit Old San Juan. Since I am always Catholic.

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