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

It’s said that the remains of the discoverer of Puerto Rico lie in this cathedral. What do you think?

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

Interesting and ancient.

Stories tell that the mummified remains of the discoverer and conqueror of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de León, lie in the ancient Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, which was originally built in 1521. It’s believed to be the second oldest Cathedral in America after the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, and one of the first American schools (it is still currently under North American jurisdiction), since the first free Puerto Rican school for children was where the Church stands today. The first headquarters in the cathedral was built using wood and a thatched roof, but these materials didn't survive the tropical storms and so it was necessary to completely reconstruct the building in stone. The cathedral that you can visit today is a result of the continuous restorations from having suffered severe weather and looting by invaders.

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