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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. Plan to visit Cathedral of San Juan Bautista during your San Juan vacation using our convenient San Juan itinerary builder.
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  • This is the cathedral church of the Archbishops of San Juan, which have included a Cardinal. The diocese, later Archdiocese of San Juan, dates back 5 centuries - much older than any in the mainland Un...  more »
  • Unfortunately we never find it opened. Our time to visit was always out of the catedral schedule. However, the surrounded areas are beautiful and enjoyable.  more »
  • We always found a Cathedral to visit while on vacation appreciating the different style of architecture, similar to most that we've seen in other countries. But different in its own respect.  more »
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  • A Magnificent place. The Blessings of our GOD its where the Magic Begins...
  • Beautiful church. All donations go to upkeep of the property. Free entrance.
  • We went to the Visitor's Center first, then walked along the bay next to the wall that is about 60 feet tall and about 20 feet thick. Walked past a park and entered the city through the only city gate that is left out of 6 gates. The gates were used or were closed to protect the city when Puerto Rico was being attacked by pirates and other countries. From the gate we followed the gorgeous blue cobblestone street up to the cathedral. It was a beautiful site and sight!
  • Lovely cathedral which also is the home of the tomb of Ponce de Leon. Went to 9am mass and was treated to seeing a QuinceaƱera ceremony as part of the mass for some beautiful girls. The mass was in Spanish but the priest gave part of his homily in English. Everyone was very friendly and there were plenty of tourists. A must see in Old San Juan.
  • A must see location that has relatively few people and no need to spend a ton of time.

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