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Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

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Address: 153 Calle Crisantemo | Old San Juan, San Juan 00927-6311, Puerto Rico
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+1 787-722-0861
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Built in 1540 and the site where the body of Ponce de Leon is entombed, the...

Built in 1540 and the site where the body of Ponce de Leon is entombed, the the Catedral de San Juan is an authentic and rare New World example of medieval architecture.

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Beautiful, Full of History

So glad we made this our first stop in Old San Juan. So much to take in...from the hand painted ceilings and domes to the statues, stained glass, and altars. Take time to visit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So glad we made this our first stop in Old San Juan. So much to take in...from the hand painted ceilings and domes to the statues, stained glass, and altars. Take time to visit this beautiful church built in 1850s.

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West Point, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its a pretty little church in Old San Juan. Not as ornate as those found in Europe but nice nonetheless.

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Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A beautiful cathedral still in amazing condition for being built centuries ago. Definitley worth seeing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This small church was simple and beautiful. They had different room with different saints where you could light candles and take in a quiet moment for a prayer. It's free admission and there is a small store with a few items to buy.

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to Mass in the cathedral and afterward stayed to look around. One of the young priests was gracious enough to explain a few things and point out various aspects of the church.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The beauty of this place is in its history, and not the elaborate architecture/decor you might see in Europe. The simplicity was refreshing! Its easy to visit this while walking to/from the fort.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

wonderful very old Catholic Church filled with wonderful religious symbols .Oldest part from 1520.Ponce de Leon buried here.Stop in and say a prayer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked here for Sunday morning Mass before boarding our cruise ship. This church is simple but BEAUTIFUL. We were there just days before Christmas. This was the highlight of the trip for me.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I particularly wanted to visit this site because the Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, is buried inside the church. We were discouraged to go there by the locals becacause they said the church was being restored and we couldn't go in. We went anyway and saw no signs of work. It is a beautiful church and is the 2cd oldest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting from an historical view. Decorated in the older Catholic church style. Across the street from the Hotel El Covento in Old Town.

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