Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe


The twin bell towers of this striking cathedral and local landmark cast an impression of noble piety over Ponce's Plaza Las Delicias. The cathedral appeared on the city’s skyline in 1931, on a site where colonists erected their first chapel in the 1660s, which (along with subsequent structures) succumbed to earthquakes and fires. Its stained-glass windows and interior are impressive. Several services a day take place here.

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