RELIGIOUS PHOTOS

VIRGIN OF THE PROVIDENCE
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA

This alter with a statue of the Madonna with baby Jesus is called the Virgin of the Providence and is located in the Cathedral de San Juan, Puerto Rico. The church also contains the tomb of Juan Ponce de Leon.
All proceeds from the sale of prints will be donated to the church. 153 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan, 00902, Puerto Rico.

CATHEDRAL DE SAN JUAN
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA

Cathedral de San Juan alter in San Juan, Puerto Rico depicts Jesus on the cross and stained glass windows.
All proceeds from the sale of prints will be donated to the church. 153 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan, 00902, Puerto Rico.

VIRGIN OF THE PROVIDENCE
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA

This alter with a statue of the Madonna with baby Jesus is called the Virgin of the Providence and is located in the Cathedral de San Juan, Puerto Rico. The church also contains the tomb of Juan Ponce de Leon.
All proceeds from the sale of prints will be donated to the church. 153 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan, 00902, Puerto Rico.

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San Juan Bautista or Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is not only the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere, it is the seat of the Archdiocese of Puerto Rico making it an important church. The church holds the tomb of Ponce de Leon and Saint Pio (a Roman martyr killed for his faith). Ponce de Leon's tomb is made of white marble. Saint Pio was mummified and can be seen through a glass box. The San Juan church which was originally made of wood was demolished by a hurricane in 1540, but it's history dates back to the time of the Spanish colonization in 1521. In 1598, the Earl of Cumberland sacked the city and pillaged the church. Since then the church has been robbed numerous times and in 1615 was faced with another hurricane which removed it's roof. Before the construction of the church, the first school in Puerto Rico was established by Bishop Alonso Manso in 1513. The church would come later. At one time the church was a place of prayer for sailors and travelers alike as they first entered San Juan. The Caleta de las Monjas walkway near the San Juan Gate was the only seaside entry to San Juan. Cristo street or Calle Cristo is today one of the most beautiful streets in San Juan. With a little plaza in it's center, it is surrounded by interesting architecture and flora from the San Juan Bautista church, the Hotel Convento to the colorful Museo del Ninos. I hope you visit my Puerto Rico Photographs and see some of the area at this charming plaza in San Juan.


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