Framed poster - Cathedral of
San Juan - Juan Ponce de
León. tomb - San Juan - Puerto Rico
The cathedral contains the tomb of
the Spanish explorer and settlement
founder Juan Ponce de León -
the first governor of Puerto Rico.
Juan Ponce de León, 1474 – 1521,
commonly known as Ponce de León,
was a Spanish explorer and
conquistador known for leading the
first official European expedition to
Florida USA, and - the first governor
of Puerto Rico.
By the early 1500s, Ponce de León
was a top military official in the
colonial government of Hispaniola,
where he helped crush a rebellion
of the native Taíno people. He was
authorized to explore the neighboring
island of Puerto Rico in 1508
and for serving as the first
Governor of Puerto Rico by
appointment of the Spanish
crown in 1509.
The Catedral de San Juan is the
second oldest cathedral
in the Americas.
It was the first diocese of the
New World with bishop Don
Alonso Manso in 1511.
The Catedral Metropolitana Basílica
de San Juan Bautista, or in English,
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of
Saint John the Baptist, is the Roman
Catholic cathedral of the Archdiocese
of San Juan de Puerto Rico.
The cathedral is one of the oldest
buildings in San Juan, located in Old
San Juan, the oldest cathedral
in the United States, and is the second
oldest cathedral in the Americas.
The first school in Puerto Rico was the
Escuela de gramática (Grammar School).
The school was established by Bishop
Alonso Manso in 1513, in the area
where the cathedral would
later be constructed.
The school was free of charge and
the courses taught were Latin language,
literature, history, science, art, philosophy
Address: Calle del Cristo núm. 151, San Juan,
Puerto Rico This is across the El Convento
Hotel. It is a major tourist attraction -
like most of Old San Juan.
http://humanidades.uprrp.edu/ahpr/?page_id=652 (in spanish)