Cementerio de San Juan San Juan, PR
The picturesque burial grounds are adorned with exquisite Genevan marbles and sculptures.
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Year Established: 1814
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The San Juan Cemetery was inaugurated in 1814. A path in front of the Quincentennial Plaza leads down into the cemetery grounds. The small neoclassical portico that serves as an entrance imitates the façade of other parishes characteristic to the island. Named after Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis, a neoclassical chapel bearing her name was also built here around 1860. This circular red-domed chapel, inspired by Bramante’s Rotonda in Rome, stands out amongst the numerous graves. The picturesque burial grounds are adorned with exquisite Genevan marbles and sculptures. These enhance the final resting place of important political and literary figures such as: Harvard-educated social reformer, Pedro Albizu Campos, who fought against colonialism; José Celso Barbosa, known as the father of the “Statehood for Puerto Rico” movement; and renowned poet and patriot, José de Diego.
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