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Church of Porta Coeli

Puerto Rico
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Ranked #119 of 358 Attractions in Puerto Rico
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Built by Dominican monks in 1606, this “Gate of Heaven” served as a town jail in the 19th century, and is now a small museum displaying carved wooden religious figures.
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Guanica, Puerto Rico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I have always bypassed this church and never actually stopped to see it or go in it. Well, it's free and it's not a waste of time. Has some old paintings inside and it's a historical landmark of this town.

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166 reviews 166 reviews
65 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Once of the older catholic church on the island. Now a museum. San German the only town with two Plazas. This church is on the second plaza. Its been said that tunnel runs under the city beginning and ending under the church. San German is also know as the city founder of cities.

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Miami, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

One of the most beautiful towns/plaza/building in Puerto rico. San German is as beautiful as Viejo San Juan and more. It has both Porta Coeli and the Auxerre. Plus 2 wonderful plazas surrounded by old Spanish buildings. Only thing, come in the daytime, most places close early.

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Sanbana Grande, Puerto Rico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It is one of the oldest church in America. It is open all year long but call or visit San German site in internet for information. Excellent religion art. very friendly employees. Beautiful small town with very good restaurants and nice people. You have to visit. Only one dollar per family to visit Excellent old art..

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San Antonio, Texas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
42 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Yes, this is a bit out of the way for most folks but I found the small town quant. Regrettably, the actual church isn't open but a few times a year, so getting a look at the inside will take some logistics...however, the exterior of the church is quite remarkable. Regrettably, we arrived late in the day, so can't really... More

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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161 reviews 161 reviews
45 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I would not go far out of my way to visit it, but it's worth a look if you driving by, very pleasant town, does not seem to be a big tourist town. Very friendly employees in a local grocery store we wandered into. Nice old church interesting relics, all writing is in spanish so we could not really read... More

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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131 reviews 131 reviews
45 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Interesting history here. paintings and sculptures inside are worth the climb up the staircase in front. helpful guides inside will fill you in on the history/area

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San German PR
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

You can feel the history just like the Hotel Parador Oasis just a few blocks away.

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

One of the oldest churches in the island, you must visit...Beautiful place for those who enjoy old buildings.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

An atmosphere of charm and history greet you as you enter the peace and serenity of this church. If you have any sort of handicap, you can wait on a bench on the little plaza at the foot of the many steep and narrow steps. It is similar to climbing a Mayan pyramid. There are open doors on each side... More

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