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MUST SEE church in old san juan

It might not be in the best condition, but it's a must see because it's one of the second oldest churches in the caribbean. plus, it hold the burial remains of Juan Ponce de Leon, who was seeking endlessly for the fountain of youth and who was puerto rico's first governor.

BONUS: The plaza where the church is located is one of the prettiest in all of old san juan, and there are beautiful places to stroll and Rosa de Triana (nearby restaurant) has flamenco show nightly friday through sunday that's free!

Feb 21, 2012

Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

If you're planning to visit Old San Juan, don't miss the second-oldest cathedral in the Americas, the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. It has a pretty facade in the late Gothic style overlooking a very nice plaza. The Cathedral holds the remains of Ponce De Leon, the first Governor of Puerto Rico who as the story goes, died while searching for the fountain of youth in Florida. It's worthwhile finding a time to visit the inside, but if not you should at least stroll by on a walk through Old San Juan.

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This is not the most elaborate cathedral in Latin America, but its subtleness is elegant. It blends with the city, rather than sticks out.

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The statues

The statues in the cathedral are brightly colored. Take a look inside the cathedral to find tomb of the island's first governor Juan Ponce de León and the relic of the roman martyr, San Pio.

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Things To Do Near Cathedral

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Plaza De Armas

The Plaza de Armas is one of Old San Juan's main plazas or squares where people gather or relax in during various times of the day. The "" website states that "It was carefully planned...
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Capilla Del Cristo

This old church was built centuries ago. The legend behind it is that a young man on horseback plunged over the cliff that this church is located on. During his descent he prayed to one of the...
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Capilla del Cristo

This Chapel built in 16th century has a few interesting stories surrounding its history and those stories conflict wildly except on one point. Someone on horseback took a terrible spill off the...
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La Fortaleza

This is the Governor's Palace and is also known as the La Fortaleza. it was built in 1533 and is the oldest executive mansion in the world. It still serves as the governor's residence today. It sits...
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Parque de las Palomas

Just like San Marco square, Parque de Palomas has many pigeons. Located right next to Capilla de Cristo with views of the caribbean this park is a nice spot for adults and children alike. Children...
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Alcaldia - City Hall

The City hall sits on the Plaza de Armas next to Puerto Rico's version of the state department. The Alcalde dates from the 17th century with it taking its current shape in 1789. Numerous other...
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Getting to Cathedral


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