Panteón Nacional Román Baldorio de Castro


A fraction north of the city center, in the shadow of El Vigía, Ponce's city cemetery is a grand mid-19th-century conglomeration of – unusually – both Catholic and Protestant tombs. The most famous residents are Juan Morel Campos, considered the finest exponent of the Puerto Rican danza, and the famous tenor Antonio Paoli.

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1. Casa Wiechers-Villaronga

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Perhaps the most grand of Ponce’s historical homes, this mansion was designed by Paris-educated ponceño architect Alfredo Wiechers. The carefully…

2. El Vigía

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It doesn’t really compare with the hilltop cross in Rio de Janeiro, but the 100ft reinforced-concrete Cruceta del Vigía looking over Ponce is one of the…

3. Museo Castillo Serrallés

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On the same property as the mammoth El Vigía, Museo Castillo Serrallés was the home of Ponce’s rum dynasty, the Serrallés family. Guides lead bilingual…

4. Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

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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…

5. Parque de Bombas

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Ponceños (people from Ponce) claim that the eye-popping Parque de Bombas is Puerto Rico’s most frequently photographed building, which is not too hard to…

6. Plaza Las Delicias

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Within this elegant square you’ll discover Ponce's heart as well as two of the city’s landmark buildings, Parque de Bombas and Catedral Nuestra Señora…

7. Fuente de los Leones

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A lovely fountain in the middle of the Plaza Las Delicias – a survivor from the 1939 World Fair.

8. Casa Alcaldía

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Facing the southern side of Plaza Las Delicias, Ponce’s city hall was built in the 1840s. The last public hanging on the island happened in its courtyard,…