Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, San Juan

Pay a visit to one of the oldest churches in the Americas, Catedral Metropolitana Basilica 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. Put Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our San Juan route planning website .
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  • Don't miss going inside this absolutely beautiful place. It has so much to offer and see - what history here. If you are walking Old San Juan, it is a must place to see. Inside is quite stunning indee...  more »
  • We went to mass on Sunday morning and very much enjoyed the service in Spanish. We really felt a spiritual connection in this almost 500-year-old church. We love the local music, flamenco like, which ...  more »
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  • Beautiful church built in the 1500s as a wooden church. It took its current form in the 1800s. Most recent renovation in the 1980s. Captivating arched ceilings as grand as any European church. Peaceful and nice quiet place for reflection and prayers. Highly recommend.
  • Very beautiful church. I advise younger children not to go if they are very loud. It’s a very spiritual place and there was a preaching going on (la misa). If you are on the island go at least once.
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