Catedral de San Juan Bautista

Ponce de León RIP

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Don’t expect European grandeur, but do stop by this historic church on the Plaza de las Monjas (Nun’s Square).

It was built in 1540, refurbished over the years, and now serves as the final resting place of Ponce de León, the fountain-of-youth explorer who became the first governor of Puerto Rico.

Architecture buffs will find the style interesting, and the church holds some unusual treasures, such as a relic of San Pio, a Roman martyr, and a modern painting of Carlos Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican saint.

Notice the nearby statue of Mary pierced by swords and the recently restored ceiling art. Services are still held in the cathedral, and on Sunday mornings expect to be treated to lovely music.

At A Glance

151 Calle del Cristo
San Juan 00902
787 722-0861

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