Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, San Juan

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Church · Historic Site
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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  • This is a simple but beautiful church. The exterior is very simple and the interior is the same, but amazing art is hanging on almost every wall. I wedding party was rehearsing while I was there so....  more »
  • This is by far the oldest church under U.S. jurisdiction, nearly as old as some of the famous churches in Europe. It is worth seeing for its history. You just don't see 500-year-old churches on...  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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