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San Juan Sights

Iglesia de San José

  • Calle San Sebastián Map It
  • Old San Juan
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Updated 04/22/2014

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With its vaulted ceilings, this little church is a splendid example of 16th-century Spanish Gothic architecture. It was built under the supervision of Dominican friars in 1532, making it the second-oldest church in the Western Hemisphere. The body of Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer who came to the New World seeking the Fountain of Youth, was buried here for almost three centuries before being moved to the Catedral de San Juan Bautista in 1909. At this writing, much-needed renovations are under way, so check the Web site or call for the latest limited visiting schedule.

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Calle San Sebastián, Plaza de San José, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico

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Updated 04/22/2014


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