Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, San Juan

#4 of 68 in Historic Sites in Puerto Rico
Church · Tourist Spot
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista by using our San Juan route planning website.
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  • Really? One of the oldest cathedrals in the New World! With as much visitors as it get, it should be kept in pristine conditions. Really sad to see the deterioration and lack of maintenance.  more »
  • I immediately felt 20 years younger after visiting this Cathedral and viewing the tomb of explorer and early governor of Puerto Rico, Ponce de Leon. A must see historical attraction in Old San Juan.  more »
  • SAN JUAN is totally one of my favorites. I am.a stick and move kind of travel. I go once....and that's that for me...but not San Juan PR. I keep finding my way back again and again. Its NY with Palm trees and turquoise water... I just love it!! The Traveling New Yorker
  • Beautiful! Just mesmerizing! A + is that people/visitors are respectful...and keep it pretty quiet. Great for a nice walkthrough and some pictures. The little shop on the side of the Cathedral has little tokens to take with you and the staff there were extremely friendly!

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