San Juan Bautista Cathedral

San Juan Cathedral

San Juan Bautista Cathedral is named after Puerto Rico's patron saint (Saint John the Baptist) and is located in the heart of Old San Juan on Cristo Street (Calle del Cristo) between Luna Street (Calle Luna) and San Francisco Street (Calle San Francisco).

The cathedral was orginally built in 1540 to replace a church that was destroyed in a 1529 hurricane on the same site. It is the second oldest cathedral in the western hemispere and has both neo-classical architecture and gothic architecture as well as three domes.

San Juan Bautista Cathedral

The front entrance located on Cristo Street is quite plain (painted a light blue and white), however the interior is very ornate. The cathedral contains the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon marked with a large marble and stone structure. In addition, the mummified remains of roman christian martyr Saint Pio, which is encased in a glass structure.

There is no cost to enter the cathedral and it is open daily from about 8am til 4pm, however church activities are frequent and may restrict access at times. The phone number for the cathedral is 787-725-5550 and the website (in Spanish only) is located at www.catedralsanjuan.com.