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Celebratory masks displayed at Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana, San Juan

 

CULTURAL SITES & PLACES OF WORSHIP


Museo de Nuestra Raíz Africana

African Heritage Museum

San José Plaza, Calle San Sebastián

787-724-4294 or 787-724-4184

Butterfly People
A family-run entity begun in 1970, Butterfly People invites you to enjoy their spectacular Butterfly Art Gallery displays in the heart of Old San Juan. Here, the beautiful exotic butterflies of the world are captured mid-flight in a variety of wonderful displays, decorative items, custom murals, and more

152 Calle Fortaleza

787-723-2432

http://www.butterflypeople.com

Museo Casa Blanca
Casa Blanca Museum

1 Calle San Sebastián

787-725-1454

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Museum of Art

300 De Diego Ave

787-977-6277

Museo del Indio de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Indian Museum

end of Calle Norzagary, in the former Beneficiencia Bldg

787-724-0700

Museo del Niño
Children’s Museum

150 Calle Cristo

787-722-3791

Museo de San Juan
San Juan Museum

150 Calle Norzagaray

787-724-1875 or 787-723-4317

Museo La Casa del Libro
La Casa del Libro Museum

255 Calle Cristo

787-723-0354

Museo Las Américas
Las Américas Museum

end of Calle Norzagaray in the former Cuartel de Ballajá Bldg, 2nd floor

787-724-5052

Museo Pablo Casals
Pablo Casals Museum

101 Calle San Sebastián Street at the corner of Calle Cristo (San José Plaza)

787-723-9185

Capilla de Cristo
Christ Chapel; Conflicting stories account for the existence of this small chapel built in 1753, but young men once raced horses down the hill as part of the San Juan Bautista festivities. In one version a horse and rider went over the wall to their death but a witness cried out to Christ to save him and he miraculously survived. In the other version, he perished. In any case, it became a center of devotion where the faithful left offerings of gold and silver. The offerings were molded into an elaborate altar, picture frame, candelabras and other religious objects that are now on display. A special mass to honor Santa Cristo de la Salud is celebrated at the chapel on the first Sunday of august and special masses are held during Holy Week

extreme south end of Calle Cristo

787-722-0861

Catedral de San Juan
San Juan Cathedral; first church on the island and the oldest church in the western hemisphere, Catedral de San Juan was built in 1540; legend has it that the original building was blown away in a hurricane and the current structure dates from the 1800’s; The cathedral contains the marble tomb of Ponce de Leon, the island’s first governor, and the relic of San Pio, a Roman martyr

Calle de Cristo, just north of Calle San Francisco

787-722-0861

Iglesia San José
San José Church; built in the 1530s, San José Church began life as a Dominican monastery chapel dedicated to Saint Thomas Aquinas, and the Jesuits who took over in 1865 renamed it. Ponce de Leon, Puerto Rico's first governor, donated the wooden 16th century crucifix, his coat of arms marks a wall, and his statue, cast from the bronze of cannons captured from the British in 1797, stands in the middle of a little plaza in front of the church. He was originally laid to rest here but his remains were later moved to Catedral de San Juan (San Juan Cathedral)

Calle Morovis is located between Calle Norzagaray and Calle San Sebastián in San Juan

 

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