San Jose Church

San Jose Church

San Jose Church, Iglesia de San Jose, was constructed in the 1530's by Dominican friars to for use by their Saint Thomas Aquinas monestary. The church is located in Old San Juan on the northern side of the San Jose Plaza and is one of the oldest structures in the city. It is also the only building in Puerto Rico constructed in Gothic style architecture. The church is fairly plain, mostly painted white, but it has a rich history and a great story to tell.

The famous Puerto Rican artist Jose Campeche is buried at the church and for a while Juan Ponce de Leon was buried at the church as well before his tomb was moved to San Juan Bautista Cathedral a few blocks away. The church has gone through extensive renovations over the past several years and construction has been slow progressing.

San Jose Church is open from noon to 6pm the second and fourth Saturday of each month and from 9am to 4pm on the first Tuesday of the month. Mass is held on the fourth Saturday of each month at 12:30pm. Entrance to the church is free of charge. See the official website of the Iglesia de San Jose for more information.