Iglesia San Blás de Illesca Coamo, PR
an eighteenth century jewel of architectural and spiritual importance that still stands to this day
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Year Established: 1784
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The Iglesia San Blás de Illesca is an eighteenth century jewel of architectural and spiritual importance that still stands to this day. Located in the municipality of Coamo, Puerto Rico’s third oldest municipality founded in 1579, the structure bears the town’s original name. San Blás is also the third church built on the island under Spanish rule, yet this centuries-old house of worship still occupies its space imposingly over Coamo’s town plaza – its white-washed façade evoking late period baroque architecture.

Completed in 1784, the parish played a crucial role in the Catholic church’s expansion along Puerto Rico’s southern coast, functioning as central hub to some 22 other churches.

The unique structure houses several religious paintings and sculptures, including works by Puerto Rican masters Francisco Oller and José Campeche. Solemn yet radiant, the Iglesia San Blás is a defining landmark for the island’s Catholic faithful. Mass is celebrated daily.
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