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Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

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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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153 Calle Crisantemo | Old San Juan, San Juan 00927-6311, Puerto Rico
+1 787-722-0861
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited this beautiful church 5 years ago and since we were in the city for another visit we decided to return. There have done some renovations since our last time here. The statues and side altars are still well preserved. I was glad to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard F
Reviewed 4 days ago

Every time I go to OSJ, I like to sit for a few minutes and let my mind wonder to the days when dignataries from Spain stopped here to say thanks to God for allowing them to cross the ocean safely. Here lies Juan Ponce...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Luz V
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Woke up with the idea of going to church while on vaca. Great choice. Lovely cathedral where today they are celebrating 500 years. You can see they are trying there best to renovate which is a huge task at hand. Still great to visit. It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Early merchants and visitors to Puerto Rico would arrive at the port, pass through the " Rich Gate" and climb the hill to the dazzling white cathedral at the top. Today it is still impressive especially with the great West doors open and a service...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lizandianp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are kept normal religious services. There is a free entry for turist that do not request a guided tour

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LoanaCristina
Reviewed November 6, 2018

The church was amazing. How everything has stood up in time. You will have to visit to appreciate the beautiful church. I will come back to show my grand-daughters this place.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Darlene D
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

I’ve in a boatload of cathedrals so sorry if I don’t rate this one as high as Notre Dame or the Duomo in Florence but it is nice and historic.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bobby44881
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous historic building, still very much a vibrant part of the community. Being fixed after the hurricane but still shows some damages. Free to explore or worship, but consider a donation for repairs!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Visiting the tomb of Ponce de Leon was my reason for coming here, but I was amazed by the cathedral itself. A very beautiful structure and a welcoming quiet place in the city to pray, or sit and reflect.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jodyd781
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Lots of history here folks, still a place of worship so be respectful. The artisans that worked to build this place were very highly skilled.

Date of experience: September 2018
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April 11, 2018|
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Response from jfarlam | Reviewed this property |
there are at least a dozen within 10 minutes but El Convento is right across the street maybe 1 minute or less.
March 30, 2017|
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Response from roselynn919 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm not sure. I would call and make arrangements. The number to the church is 1-787-722-0861. Good luck and congrats.