San Juan Bautista Cathedral

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Resting place of Juan Ponce de León

La Catedral Metropolitana Basílica de San Juan Bautista (Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist), is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico. The Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in San Juan, located in Old San Juan, and is the second oldest cathedral in the Americas. Even though the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, is an older church building, the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista was the first cathedral church on the Western Hemisphere as San Juan, then known as the city of Puerto Rico, was the first diocese of the New World with bishop Don Alonso Manso in 1511. The original cathedral in what was the city of Puerto Rico (changed to San Juan Bautista in 1521) was constructed from wood in 1521. It was destroyed by a hurricane and the current structure constructed in 1540, being reshaped in later centuries, the last time being in 1917.

Address: #151-153 Del Cristo Street, Old San Juan, PR
Phone: 787-722-0861
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