The cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Puerto Rico. Catedral San Juan Bautista dates back to 1521. The Spanish sailors walked into the city through the San Juan Gate and had the tradition of stopping at this church to thank God for a safe voyage. A tomb with the remains of Ponce de Leon and a mummified body of St. Pio are at the Cathedral. The San Juan Cathedral was also the first school in Puerto Rico.
If you happen to be here at Christmas, be sure to get here early to enjoy one of the most beautiful Christmas services on the island. Catedral San Juan Bautista is a popular place for local and destination weddings, where many celebrities have said I DO.
Cathedral Hours: Cathedral is open daily from 8 am – 4 pm and Sundays from 8 am – 2 pm. Location: Calle del Cristo, across from El Convento Hotel. See the map below.