Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, San Juan

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Pay a visit to one of the oldest churches in the Americas, Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista. Constructed in the early 16th century, the building was restored numerous times over the centuries. The small but charming building features a 19th-century Neoclassical facade, but its main claim to fame is the tomb of Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish explorer, conquistador, and the first governor of Puerto Rico. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista by using our San Juan route planning website.
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  • We traveled to Puerto Rico in late July 2022 for a six day stay. We stayed one block from Bautista Cathedral built in the early 1500. Spectacular church. We did a tour of Old San Juan, San Juan... 
    We traveled to Puerto Rico in late July 2022 for a six day stay. We stayed one block from Bautista Cathedral built in the early 1500. Spectacular church. We did a tour of Old San Juan, San Juan...  more »
  • We were greeted by a polite young man who provided a brief orientation and spent a pleasant span of thirty minutes in the cathedral. The altar is beautiful and a reminder of the glory and richness... 
    We were greeted by a polite young man who provided a brief orientation and spent a pleasant span of thirty minutes in the cathedral. The altar is beautiful and a reminder of the glory and richness...  more »
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  • The Cathedral is amazing - it's nicely renovated and well maintained. Murals add dimension and magnificence to the space and tall ceilings create impressive acoustics. A lot of little details and artwork create the feeling of freedom, space and light. I was truly impressed. We were visiting the wedding ceremony and it exceeded all expectations. The priest' singing really moved me and overall it was a totally new and pleasant experience for me since I'm not religious and did not attend many ceremonies like that.
  • What a beautiful and amazing church! We live in St. Augustine FL and this is the church where Ponce de Leon is buried who was the Governor of Puerto Rico and also founded St. Augustine in 1513. The church has such history, it is very special and we were honored to be able to see it during our visit here.

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