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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
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$147.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth every penny
A very well spent three hours meandering around OSJ tasting hidden gems. In the process our guide Jesus provided excellent storytelling and history as we food crawled thru the streets. This tour is a no brainer for those seeking a quaint respite from touristy traps luring people in.
Mark_A, Jan 2022

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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Worth every penny
Mark_A, Jan 2022
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
A very well spent three hours meandering around OSJ tasting hidden gems. In the process our guide Jesus provided excellent storytelling and history as we food crawled thru the streets. This tour is a no brainer for those seeking a quaint respite from touristy traps luring people in.
star-5
Full tummy full heart ❤️
Mackenzie_K, Jan 2022
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Stephen our guy was very knowledgeable and fun. We loved the food! I definitely recommend the food tour. It’s an awesome way to learn about the culture and history here 😊👍
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Best
Christine_G, Jan 2022
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
The tour guide, Jorge, was energetic and excited to tell us about San Juan. We learned a lot and got a great lay of the land. We will definitely recommend to friends.
star-5
Great Intro to San Juan
Supriya_D, Jan 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
This was the first thing we did in San Juan and it was a great start to the trip. The tour showed us places we probably would not have seen on our own and it was a lot of fun to learn about the history of Puerto Rico and San Juan. Our tour guide David was great, very friendly and always made sure he answered our questions. He also pointed out good places to eat. Over all really enjoyed the tour, and glad we started off with it!
star-5
Great value for the money.
Pete_B, Jan 2022
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
Jorge our guide was great, very informative and entertaining. Learned a lot about Puerto Rican history.
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Great walk
April_W, Jan 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
It was Great hearing about the history of San Juan. David was knowledgeable and made the tour exciting.
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Awesome!
Jeremy_W, Jan 2022
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Argeli was a fun, knowledgeable guide and made our day a fantastic one. The food was good and the experience walking and learning more about old San Juan was great. Thanks!
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Old San Juan Walking Tour /Jan. 2022
Frederick_R, Jan 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Love the history of Old San Juan. Our guide David was friendly and knowledgeable. The pace was just right. Beautiful area. Don’t miss this tour!
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Worth it!
Raena_B, Dec 2021
Instagramable Places in Old San Juan Shared Tour
Ian did a wonderful job showing us all of the beautiful highlights of Old San Juan. He was patient and accommodating and very informative. He also stopped and allowed us to take as much time as we need to take pictures! It was well worth the money.
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Awesome
Anita_H, Jan 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
It was an awesome experience, beautiful views and history of Old San Juan. Tour guy was awesome, very knowledgeable. He was great.

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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