Ponce and the Porta Caribe Sights

Capilla de Porta Coeli (Heaven's Gate Chapel)

  • East end of Plazuela Santo Domingo Map It
  • San Germán

Published 10/04/2016

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One of the oldest religious buildings in the Americas, this mission-style chapel overlooks the long, rectangular Plazuela de Santo Domingo. It's not a grand building, but its position at the top of a stone stairway gives it a noble air. Queen Isabel Segunda decreed that the Dominicans should build a church and monastery in San Germán, so a rudimentary building was erected in 1609, replaced in 1692 by the structure seen today. (Sadly, most of the monastery was demolished in 1866, leaving only a vestige of its facade.) The chapel functions as a museum of religious art, displaying painted wooden statuary by Latin American and Spanish artists.

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East end of Plazuela Santo Domingo, San Germán, n/a Puerto Rico, 00667, Puerto Rico

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Published 10/04/2016


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