Iglesia de San José
Iglesia de San José
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Built in the early 17th century, this is the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere.
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MiguelLVargas
San Juan, Puerto Rico127 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
San José Church is the second oldest church in the Americas (the Cathedral at Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC is the oldest) and the oldest one under the US flag. It is an early example of gothic architecture in the Americas. The 16th century church, including its frescoes, is being restored. Juan Ponce de León, first governor of Puerto Rico, was buried here until his remains were moved to the San Juan Cathedral where they still remain.
Written August 15, 2013
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,548 contributions
Feb 2014 • Solo
This tiny edifice across from San José Plaza, at San Sebastian and Cristo streets, serves to remind that the population five centuries ago was miniscule, compared to today's teeming masses. This is not to be confused with San Juan Cathedral across from El Convento Hotel at Luna and Cristo streets. San José (Saint Joseph, in Spanish) is a small wooden structure meant for the limited number of worshipers when fewer than one thousand inhabited the island. It is a humbling experience to know that this house of worship endured countless hurricanes, and urban sprawl.
Written April 15, 2014
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Francis G
Luquillo12 contributions
Jan 2013
Everything is hand carved and amazing work. I attend this church every week and they say Mass in English at 7:30. It's in a pleasent setting and there is parking.
Written March 26, 2013
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sanju_222323
New Jersey14,130 contributions
Feb 2022
What it lacks in grandiosity it makes up for in age: the Iglesia de San José is the second-oldest church in the Americas, after the cathedral in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
it was the resting place of Juan Ponce de León (the first governor of Puerto Rico) for 350 years.

It remains the final resting place of José Campeche, one of Puerto Rico's most revered artists. Since 2003, the church has been under works for preservation, and it was named one of the US' most endangered sites due to its deterioration.
Written March 14, 2022
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lisa s
San Antonio, TX4 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
We went for a weeks vacation, Aug 14-20, Aug 15 is Holy Day of obligation, so we entered thru the street entrance, to this beautiful white structure. i took a 10,12,14,16 kids and they sat in amazement.
we stayed for the mass, then as we were leaving we were given permission to see the tombs downstairs. it was just WOW!!. i would go back again.
Written November 8, 2012
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rduinc
Annapolis, MD2,245 contributions
Mar 2020
Unfortunately this church was closed for renovations while we were visiting but still worth the short walk to get here. Located near the Ponce de Leon statue, there is some history here which is partially spelled out by some of the perimeter signage.
Written March 21, 2020
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AnujaMangle
Mumbai, India170 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Main Altar San Jose Church, second oldest in America. Made of cedar by the House of Rius in Barcelona, Spain, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Written June 9, 2019
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Restful M
San Juan, Puerto Rico261 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
This year it was possible to observe progress in the restoration. Hopefully the pace will keep up and we will soon be able to wnjoy this beautiful church once more.
Written April 19, 2019
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goldenheron
Puerto Rico24 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
The second oldest church in the New World was built by the Dominican friars in 1521 at the top of the hill when the city of San Juan moved over to the little island of San Juan. Presently closed for renovations it is opened for viewing a few times per month. Plaza San Jose adjoins it and are the center of the spirit of this 500 year old Spanish Colonial city Nearby is the Cuartel Ballaja and several other plazas and museums as well as fort El Morro. lots of photos and history on this website http://www.exploreoldsanjuan.com . Exploring Old San Juan can be exhausting, I find this the place place to start, get up the hill by trolley.
Written January 6, 2015
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Saskheat
Saskatoon, Canada1,614 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
We unfortunately missed the toombs downstairs as the Cathedrial was closed on the day we happened across it. We found this place while walking between the two forts in Old San Juan. The Ponce de Leon statue is not far away.
Written October 13, 2014
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