Iglesia San José
Although Catedral de San Juan Bautista gets all the glory, Iglesia San José (Calle San Sebastían at Plaza de San José, Old San Juan, 787/725-7501) is one of the oldest structures in Old San Juan. Built in the 1530s, it was originally a chapel for the Dominican monastery, but it was taken over in 1865 by the Jesuits. The main chapel is an excellent example of 16th-century Spanish Gothic architecture.
Originally Iglesia San José was Juan Ponce de León’s final resting place, but his body was later moved to Catedral de San Juan Bautista. Ponce de León himself is said to have donated the wooden 16th-century crucifix.
Unfortunately, Iglesia San José has been closed for many years while it undergoes a seemingly endless renovation project.
© Suzanne Van Atten from Moon Puerto Rico, 2nd Edition