San Germán de Auxerre
This church was built in 1688 in honor of Ferdinand of Aragon's second wife Germaine de Foix. Initially it was quite rustic and roofed in straw. Puerto Ricans repaired and reconstructed the church between 1717 and 1739 after it suffered earthquake damage. Between 1834 and 1897, new repairs were made to the building, and in 1920, the tower was rebuilt after a new earthquake in 1918. With trompe l'oeil paintings that imitates wood coffers on the ceiling, the Church of San Germán's interior is one of the most lavishly decorated on the island.
This building also known as Casa Tomás Vivoni after the architect who build it in 1913, shows the prosperity of local landowners who based their income in plantations such as sugarcane and coffee. It lies just steps from the Porta Coeli Church. Note this is now a private residence and you can only enjoy it from the outside
Porta Coeli (Heaven's Gate) Chapel is the oldest church in Puerto Rico. It is located next to the ruins of an old convent. Restored many times the last one in 1996, it has become now a museum featuring Puerto Rican religious works including exhibits of wooden saints, ceramics, and crystal objects.
Admission is $1 for adults, free for children under 12. The church is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30am to noon and 1 to 4:30pm.
Porta Coeli (“The Gate to Heaven”) was built in 1606, and is believed to be among the oldest churches on U.S. territory. It contains many of its original furnishings as well as a collection of religious art that includes colonial paintings and wooden statues dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Among its treasures is an altarpiece by José Campeche, the first—and by many considered to be the greatest—artist born in Puerto Rico.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
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