Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, San Juan

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Pay a visit to one of the oldest churches in the Americas, Cathedral of 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. Put Cathedral of San Juan Bautista on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our San Juan route planning website .
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  • Very impresiive Cathedral in excellent condition inspite of the hurricane.Only donation accepted/no entrance fee.The interior has quite a few excellent statues/paintings.Gift shop has some local gifts...  more »
  • I was under estimate this place. It is much better than I expected. Maybe not as beautiful as cathedral in Europe, it is definitely a shine in this old city.  more »
  • The art work is exquisite. There is some damage as can be expected. This cathedral's architecture is well preserved under recent circumstances.  more »
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  • This place is beautiful, the stain glass windows are so vibrant. Everything from the floor to the ceiling is completely decorated with a huge amount of attention to detail. Its really not like anything else you will see in San Juan, if you are visiting old town stop here and take a look.
  • Even after the recent hurricane this amazing cathedral doesn’t show its hundreds of years of age. Well worth a visit, and the cantor’s voice fills this beautiful architecture.
  • It is amazing to see something still around from almost 500 years ago. The detail and intricacy of the decorations is beautiful. People do not spend the time or money to do things like this anymore. If you appreciate history and architecture you will love this cathedral.
  • Very unkept (it may be because of the hurricane) and a bit rundown. Overall a nice historical spot to visit.
  • Fantastic! We happened to stop at the cathedral while they were having mass. Beautiful music, beautiful place! Inside is the tomb of Ponce de Leon and St Pius. A must see while you're in San Juan.

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If you're looking for colonial-era lodgings, explore the streets of the old town area, where many grand buildings house guesthouses and hotels. The neighborhoods of Condado, Ocean Park, and Isla Verde contain the majority of beach resorts, with some glamorous and upscale options sitting alongside more laid-back and family-friendly ones. Rental bungalows just back from the beach, as well as side-street hostels, provide the city's budget-friendly places to stay.
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