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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 Church

The San Juan Cathedral is open to visitors and parishioners alike and parishioners don't seem bothered by tourists. There are over a dozen nooks for worship and prayer to... read more

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The San Juan Cathedral is open to visitors and parishioners alike and parishioners don't seem bothered by tourists. There are over a dozen nooks for worship and prayer to different saints. For the art lover and the public in general, the church offers a cool place to rest as you navigate through old San Juan. If you are here to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Originally built in the 1500's, you can definitely get a sense of the history of the church. The inside is beautiful. I couldn't get over the ceilings. As a history lover, it was also interesting to see the mummy of St. Pius and also the tomb of Juan Ponce de Leon. We went midday on a Wednesday and it wasn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Cathedral is worth a stop to take in its Gothic ceiling and the trompe l'oeil on the inside of the dome - it is breathtaking! The remains of Ponce de Leon are also here in a beautiful marble tomb on the north side of the church.

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

Once you are inside it took my breathe away. Truly an amazing Cathedral and the stations of the cross and the tremendous beauty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church is very pretty and centrally located in San Juan. The interior has some degree of gaudiness, but I liked it for that very reason. It's not like any church I have ever seen before.

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Avon, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small for a 'Cathedral', but quaint architecture and worth the visit. You can walk there on your way to El Moro.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did quite a bit of walking in Old Town finding this beautiful cathedral and it was worth it. We were fortunate to meet a young American seminarian who was about to become a most excellent priest who took us to Ponce de Leon's grave and talked to us at length about living in Puerto Rico and the cathedral. While... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a building of great character and we were fortunate to discover as it is set away from the hubbub of the main Old City area. As with so much of Old San Juan it is well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is worth seeing, and you will want your camera. But, keep in mind that it is in OLD San Juan - renovations are greatly needed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the second oldest Cathedral in the Western Hemisphere and is beautiful. As of our last visit they are undertaking a renovation which will restore much of its simple splendor. Masses are conducted in both English and Spanish but check ahead for times if you don't speak Spanish. If you can arrange your schedule to visit on a Saturday... More 

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