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Address: 00683, Puerto Rico
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Built by Dominican monks in 1606, this “Gate of Heaven” served as a town...

Built by Dominican monks in 1606, this “Gate of Heaven” served as a town jail in the 19th century, and is now a small museum displaying carved wooden religious figures.

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Very Pretty church!

This is a really lovely church that was turned into a small museum. It's not very big and won't take much time to get through but the building is lovely and the history is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 December 2016
Gina M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

This is a really lovely church that was turned into a small museum. It's not very big and won't take much time to get through but the building is lovely and the history is interesting. There's a little plaza right across the street where you can sit and relax for a while and take pictures of the whole building. It's... More 

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1 Thank Gina M
San German, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

this use to be a church years ago. now it is a musuem, it has beautiful things inside..they have many religious statues and pictures of the way the church use to be

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Yauco, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This small piece of heaven located in the city of San German is a wonderful historic stop in your journey thru Puerto Rico. This place is small but is HUGE in history. Built by the Monks this place has also a hidden story. It is said that there are tunnels found under this historic place. Come inside and see the... More 

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Toa Alta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

If you are close to this lovely attraction, please go there. a lot of catholic history, its on of the oldest church in America, now is a museum

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I appreciated it. I recommend it if you have some free time to spend because it's so far than San Juan. It's a quiet place and good for relax with couple or family.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

Day trip to southern part of the island to visit this iconic church Porta Coeli ("Gateway to Heaven") Convent church, In 1609, the Dominican Order built the Convento de Porta Coeli at the crest of a hill in what is now San Germán Historic District.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Very well kept! The attendant very knowledgeable and friendly. Lot of history. Beautiful and peaceful place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015

Very nice religious figures museum. A good taste of one of the oldest structures in America and in Puerto Rico. Good view of the town center.

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1 Thank Angel R
Caguas, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2015

The person in charge of museum did a wonderful job. First the church was almost close when we arrive and the guide from the Church held open for us. She give a excellent tour and information about the history of the Church and the town of San German.

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Guanica, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2014 via mobile

I have always bypassed this church and never actually stopped to see it or go in it. Well, it's free and it's not a waste of time. Has some old paintings inside and it's a historical landmark of this town.

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