Capilla del Cristo

Capilla del Cristo

Capilla del Cristo (Cristo Chapel) is located at the end of Cristo Street next to the Parque de las Palomas in the Old San Juan section of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The chapel, which is now a Puerto Rican landmark, was originally built in 1753 and is a fairly small but quaint and historic chapel. The entrance has a large wrought-iron gate and a small single church bell adorns to rooftop.

The folklore regarding the historic chapel is that during a horse race during the festival celebrating Saint John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista), a racer was unable to stop his horse in time and went over the edge of the city wall. One version of the legend says that the horse racer survived and to celebrate the miracle, the chapel was built. Another version of the legend says that the horse racer did not survive and the chapel was built to commemorate the rider and to block the end of the street to prevent a similar tragedy.

The Capilla del Cristo is free of charge to enter, however it is only open on Tuesdays from 8am to 5pm. The phone number for Capilla del Cristo is 787-722-0861.