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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)

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3,135 Reviews
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 taste of Old San Juan
Marjorie and Itzi were amazing guides so knowledgeable and friendly. Some walking involved, but nothing too crazy.
Katrina_W, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

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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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Romántico
Erica_R, May 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
It was all awesome! The host was very pleasant and kind of funny! The scenery was so peaceful and clean. Literally no trash on the grounds!
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An excellent experience
Philip_P, Apr 2021
San Juan Done Right! - Driving Tour
What an excellent experience we had touring in and around San Juan with Lismar! She picked us up at our hotel right on time in a clean, roomy car. No wait at all. The tour was very informative, and Lismar obviously has a passion for teaching, for sharing her knowledge, and for her homeland. She has unique insights and also offers some off the beaten path type exposure as well. Highly recommend this tour!
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Fantastic!
Rosalina_C, Sep 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
This was a wonderful tour. The tour guides were so friendly and lively throughout. Would definitely recommend others to go on it!
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I forgot we were walking
Muayad_A, Sep 2021
Explore the history of Old San Juan
This is a must thing to do when in San Juan. We had so much fun we forgot we walked the city. Our guide was so kind and informative, I felt like he was our cousin showing us his home. Drank amazing Puerto Rico grown coffee and real fruit ice pops. Our tour guide not only showed us the best photo spots but it was like having our personal photographer with us. It felt like we had VIP access to the city.
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Most enjoyable
Sara_T, Mar 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
David was very knowledgeable about history. He ensured everyone safety. The shot glass, key chain and water bottle were a nice touch.
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Stunning Sights and History in the Sunset
Kina, Sep 2021
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
Our tour guide Jorge was awesome!! We learned a lot about old San Juan and the sunset views were amazing against the city’s stunning architecture.
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NY takes San Juan!
Nan-Pete, Sep 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
We throughly enjoyed our time with Raul! He was a great guide with some great dad jokes that took us on a great walk around Old San Juan. The mofongo was excellent, the passion fruit popsicle was fresh! &&& we loved the ice cream at the end!
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Very Good Value
Cheryl_B, Sep 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Very interesting details of the streets and buildings, plus the historical events that lead up to today’s Puerto Rico. The walk was not demanding and there were numerous breaks so it was enjoyable.
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Great time
Ken_M, Aug 2021
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
Jorge was an excellent guide. He knows his city and is passionate about it. He provided a great experience.
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We loved the tour
Teresa_G, Aug 2021
San Juan Done Right! - Walking Tour
The tour was very well organized and hit the most important points and landmarks. Our tour guide, Lismar, was great! Very knowledgeable, gave a lot of information about the history, culture and the city. She also has a great personality; she is positive, energetic and made the whole experience very fun. This tour was very memorable, and I highly recommend it.  
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Great but tiring. Very long walk
Demetria_A, Sep 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Very informative. You learn a lot about Puerto Rico but the two hour walk is a bit extreme. I think 1 hour- 1 hour and 15 mins would be better.

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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