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San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)
San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

Free admission
151 Calle Del Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00902

The Basics

Experience a traditional Catholic Mass or, when no service is being conducted, wander the nave free of charge, gaze at the huge stained glass windows, and take in the construction of the oldest church on US soil. Among its artifacts are the wax-covered mummy of 1st-century martyr St. Pius and the tomb of Ponce de León, notorious Spanish conquistador and the first governor of Puerto Rico. Guided walking tours of Old San Juan typically include a stop at the church.

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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
$147.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great food and interesting history
Stephen was great and the food was amazing! Our guide was very knowledgeable and fun to talk to but wasn’t intimidating. We learned lots of fun history in a way that didn’t feel like a lecture. All our food stops were excellent; one thing I loved is that each stop was a mystery. I am normally the event planner of the group so it was fun to not know what restaurant or food we were about to try. The food was all delicious! I would definitely recommend the tour.
Laura_G, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

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David was very...
Athena_A, Nov 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
David was very knowledgeable about the beautiful island. He was able to answer our questions. He ensured our safety and even helped us to be shielded from the rain. His humor and personality added to the experience. I already sent a recommendation to my family in Puerto Rico to do his walking tour. Thanks so much for this experience. I learned so much and I will never forget it.
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Amazing!
Danielle_R, Oct 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
David was an amazing tour guide! He made sure to look out for everyone’s safety when crossing the road.
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Great tour with phenomenal tour guide
BeverlyJ_S, Dec 2021
San Juan Done Right! - Driving Tour
Lismar our tour guide was a joy. Very knowledgeable and so interactive with us all. Definitely a tour to take while in Puerto Rico.
star-5
Outstanding Experience
David_G, Dec 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Our tour guide, Marjorie, provided an outstanding experience which not only included the wonderful selection of restaurants and foods, but many insights into the rich history and culture of Old San Juan and Puerto Rico.
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Great, informative tour! Highly recommended
Adnan-Arif-MD, Jul 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
David was amazing. Very well versed, knowledgeable about the history of old San.Juan. nice, easy paced tour, we got water.bottles and mementos before starting. David cares so much about his city that tours for, he would even pick up trash water bottles along the path of his walking tour , and dump them in nearby bins. I wish more tourists and residents followed his example too and kept his city beautiful and clean. A great tour, just the right time length, and I highly recommend him.
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Fun fun fun
Kay_N, Dec 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
History of Puerto Rico a d the tour guide was knowledgeable. All the food stops were excellent I highly recommend this tour
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Old Town—One Amazing Walk
David_K, Dec 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
It’s a great walk. Our tour guide was wonderful. Knew all the answers and most importantly knew to stop in shady places to give points of interest.
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Highly recommended
Steven_R, Nov 2021
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
Great experience. Got to see the evening city without being baked by the sun. Tour guide Antonio was great, tried to keep the slow group moving too. Recommended!!
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Thanksgiving Travel
Jasmine_W, Nov 2021
San Juan Done Right! - Walking Tour
Great tour to introduce you to San Juan locations and history. San Juan is beautiful and our guide was great
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Worth the money
Curt_S, Nov 2021
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
The guide Jorge was very knowledgeable and attentive. We learned much about the history of Puerto Rico and San Juan.
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Great experience!
Jeannie_F, Nov 2021
San Juan Done Right! - Walking Tour
Very good way to begin your stay in Puerto Rico. Our guide was kind and interesting. His love and pride for his country was heart-warming. I had a wonderful time and learned a lot. Gave me ideas of what I may want to go back to do in Old San Juan later.
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worth the walk.
donald_s, Dec 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Very informative about the city and Puerto Rico. Was an easy walk. There were some uphill streets and steps. But the pace was kept for everyone to keep up. We enjoyed it very much.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance to San Juan Cathedral is free though donations are accepted.

  • The church offers visitors a peaceful place to cool off and get away from the busyness of San Juan.

  • The cathedral is currently the seat of Puerto Rico’s archdiocese and home to the Archbishop of San Juan.

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How to Get There

San Juan Cathedral is located at 151 Calle del Cristo, across from El Convento Hotel and close to the San Juan Gate. Old San Juan offers a free trolley system with three different routes that include stops at top attractions such as the cathedral, allowing you to hop on and off where desired.

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When to Get There

Mass takes place Sundays at 9am and 11am and weekdays at 7:25am and 12:15pm. If you’re traveling to Puerto Rico during the holiday season, you can attend Misa de Gallo, the Roman Catholic Mass that is celebrated before midnight on Christmas Eve. At San Juan Cathedral, watch enactments of the Nativity scene and see the festive decorations.

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The Tomb of Ponce de León

On his search to discover the elusive Fountain of Youth, Ponce de León landed at a place he called Florida and later conquered Puerto Rico, eventually being appointed governor of the island in 1509. His original resting place was Iglesia de San Jose, but in the early 1900s he was transferred to San Juan Cathedral, where his body lies in a marble tomb near the transept.

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