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“The History Is Amazing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan)

San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan)
153 Calle Cristo | Old San Juan, San Juan 00902, Puerto Rico
787-722-0861
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Ranked #17 of 95 Attractions in San Juan
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Louisville, Kentucky
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“The History Is Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We wanted to walk around Old Towne during our shore visit from our ship and the Cathedral was a must see. It was a nice stroll up from the ship but, well worth the time. There is history everywhere you look. The statues on the side altars were amazing and just as I thought they should be from the period. Photo opps abound. Take the time to walk around and see all the sides altars. The wooden baptism font is incredible. Due to the age there is a lot of repair going on so you won't see a bright shining church. Just try to understand what's going on and what the parishioners are having to endure.

Visited November 2013
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“Pretty cathedral”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This cathedral does not compare with the great European cathedrals but it is quite charming. It is worth popping into as it is close to the art museum. I would not go out of my way to see it but it is worth seeing if you are in the area. It is very small and you can see it all in about 15 minutes.

Visited November 2013
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“Silence was Not Observed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

The cathedral was amazing...lots of artifacts and amazing history to soak in. Many locals seemed to be just hanging out with screaming children. Totally disrupted the beauty and sanctity of the cathedral. A nice stop if walking from one fort to another.

Visited November 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Nice to see, if you're in the area”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Our hotel was within walking distance of the church, so we had to take advantage and see it. As we walked into the entrance, we were greeted by a woman who didn't speak English, but she pointed us to a table with some literature. Unfortunately, they didn't have mass while we were visiting San Juan, but we did at least get to see the beauty of the inside. Didn't know that Ponce de Leon was entombed there, until after the trip, but that is cool.

Visited October 2013
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“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We looked forward to seeing the cathedral due to its age and history. We were disappointed to see that the building was in disrepair: broken glass, broken windows, and pealing paint.

Visited October 2013
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