Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud, San Juan

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#6 of 19 in Historic Sites in San Juan
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Head to Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud, a quaint chapel with a rich history. According to legend, the chapel was built to celebrate the miracle survival of a racer who leapt over the edge of the city wall, after he was unable to stop his horse. The exterior of the 18th-century holy building features little more than an exposed bell tower. Inside, find a shining gold and silver altar surrounded by paintings from famous Puerto Rican artist Jose Campeche, all enveloped by white walls. Use our San Juan trip itinerary maker website to visit Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud on your trip to San Juan, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We tried to visit inside, but were not allowed. It is a beautiful historic landmark and worth seeing, even from the outside if you are in the area. 
    We tried to visit inside, but were not allowed. It is a beautiful historic landmark and worth seeing, even from the outside if you are in the area.  more »
  • This chapel was built between 1753 and 1780, Tucked away in the corner of the old walled city of San Juan is a tiny chapel. It was built on top of the ancient stone walls that protected Puerto Rico’s....  more
    This chapel was built between 1753 and 1780, Tucked away in the corner of the old walled city of San Juan is a tiny chapel. It was built on top of the ancient stone walls that protected Puerto Rico’s....  more »
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  • This chapel was built between 1753 and 1780, Tucked away in the corner of the old walled city of San Juan is a tiny chapel. It was built on top of the ancient stone walls that protected Puerto Rico’s capital in 1753 to celebrate a miracle. Since then, tens of thousands of faithful visitors have come to this humble chapel to pray for cures. it is near to famous La Fortaleza street. As stated by guide - It is said, that in the year 1750 Cristo Street was host to a horse race where one of the participants could not stop his horse and fell off the cliff. The Secretary of Government at the time, Don Tomás Mateo Prats is said to have invoked the Santo Cristo de la Salud and that the young man who fell off the cliff was saved. And so, the Secretary of Government ordered the construction of the chapel on sight to honor the miracle. It was later revealed that the young man died, but still, this chapel has a distinctly spiritual feel to it. How to better start your journey than in this miracle sight!
  • Yes it’s a beautiful place but the food doesn’t worth its price. I got cauliflower salad for 12 dollars which contained 6 small pieces of cauliflower and mixed greens. My wife got a goat cheese salad with a bulk of cheese on top of mixed green. No option to add meat to any salad. Zero in creativity !

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