Cathedral San Juan Bautista Parish Columbarium


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The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the oldest building in San Juan and the second oldest cathedral in the Americas. It is the mother church of the Puerto Rican nation. Originally constructed of wood in 1521, it was rebuilt in Gothic Style In 1615, a popular style in the sixteenth century. In 1853, it was repaired and rebuilt in the Tuscan style you can admire today. Other repairs were done in 1917 and in the 1980´s.

The Cathedral houses the remains of Juan Ponce De Leon, Governor of Puerto Rico (1508-1519), and of several bishops like Alonso Manso (1511-1539), the first bishop to arrive in the Americas; Juan Alejo de Arizmendi, the first native Puerto Rican bishop (1804-1814); Don Ramón Power y Giralt (1795-1809); and His Eminence, Cardinal Luis Aponte Martínez, the first Puerto Rican cardinal who served as Archbishop of San Juan for 34 years (1965 -1999).

The cathedral of San Juan Baustista Columbarium is a unique spritual place,replicating the early catholic church tradition of placing the remains of the faithful on the church grounds. It is located within the cathedral’s gothic chambers, the oldest section of this iconic and revered site. The columbarium offers 394 beautiful glassfront niches as a final resting place.

Operated by Servicios Funerarios Católicos, a ministry of the Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico, the Columbarium offers a wide range of niche sizes to accommodate the needs of individuals and families choosing cremation as a special way for the living faithful to memorialize their loved ones and to affirm their faith in our participation in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a special way for the living faithful to memorialize their loved ones.

A portion of every sale will be used for the restoration of the Cathedral.