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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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  • Beautiful church, alot of history about old Puerto Rico. In great shopping area with many places to dine. 
  • An impressive showing of design & artistic talent. One really should see it if one has interest in cultural-expressions of faith. 
  • You will come to this church, if you go the street up to the main gate of the old city. It is the oldest Cathedral in a new light. The previous building was wooden, but it destroyed the hurricane, this same building was updated with current status in the year 1540.
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  • 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!
  • I stayed right across the street at El Convento and the history between these two places is incredible. Take time to learn about the famous square and those buried in the cathedral. The architecture is also amazing
  • Beautiful cathedral with wonderful history in Old San Juan. Wish there would have been more interpretation of the interior, but worth a stop.
  • Pretty church. Worth stopping by if you appreciate history. Decent area of town to wander around.
  • This church is one of the most important here in PR. Over here Marc Anthony got married once, so this is like a "Must Stop" for tourists.