Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud

Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud

Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud
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The Chapel of Christ the Savior (Cristo de la Salud) was built between 1753 and 1780. Legend has it that the Chapel of Christ the Savior was erected to honor a miracle. It is said that in the year 1750 the Cristo Street was host to a horse race where one of the participants could not stop his horse and fell off the cliff. The Secretary of Government at the time, Don Tomas Mateo Prats is said to have invoked the Santo Cristo de la Salud and that the young man who fell off the cliff was saved. And so, the Secretary of Government ordered the construction of the chapel on sight to honor the miracle. It was later revealed that in truth the young man died, but still, this chapel has a distinct spiritual feel to it. If you ever find yourself in Cristo Street, don't forget to visit this miracle sight!
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Bkbak
Tempe, AZ1,418 contributions
Mar 2023
If you are here for the beauty and history of Old San Juan, then stopping at this Chapel is a must. The fact that it is still standing from the mid 1750's is amazing.
Written 2 April 2023
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,056 contributions
Mar 2023
Built between 1753 and 1780 after legend has it a man survived falling off the cliff at the end of the street after a horse race. Prayers were invoked of the Santo Christo de la Salud and when the man survived, a tiny chapel was built in the saint’s honour. (Actually, the man died. No idea if the horse survived, though)
Written 22 March 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,655 contributions
Dec 2022
This Chapel is by the Pigeons park at the southern end of Calle del Cristo.
It's a quick photo op without a chance of getting inside it. The park to the right offers spectacular views of San Juan bay.
Written 2 February 2023
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rexpig
Wilmington, DE263 contributions
Jun 2022
The chapel is open only on Tuesdays. On other days, it is hidden behind barred gates. It stands adjacent to the park of the pigeons. A man with an iguana sits in a nearby doorway and shares bites of fruit with the animal in a faintly revolting way. The pigeons are tame and have a habit of crowding around anyone who even appears to be holding some food (bird food is available for purchase at the booth). The trek to the end of the calle is good for exercise but there's really not much to be seen here.
Written 27 June 2022
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Natalie003
Plattsburgh, NY38 contributions
Apr 2022
We tried to visit inside, but were not allowed. It is a beautiful historic landmark and worth seeing, even from the outside if you are in the area.
Written 12 April 2022
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sanju_222323
New Jersey14,124 contributions
Feb 2022
This chapel was built between 1753 and 1780, Tucked away in the corner of the old walled city of San Juan is a tiny chapel. It was built on top of the ancient stone walls that protected Puerto Rico’s capital in 1753 to celebrate a miracle. Since then, tens of thousands of faithful visitors have come to this humble chapel to pray for cures. it is near to famous La Fortaleza street.

As stated by guide - It is said, that in the year 1750 Cristo Street was host to a horse race where one of the participants could not stop his horse and fell off the cliff. The Secretary of Government at the time, Don Tomás Mateo Prats is said to have invoked the Santo Cristo de la Salud and that the young man who fell off the cliff was saved. And so, the Secretary of Government ordered the construction of the chapel on sight to honor the miracle. It was later revealed that the young man died, but still, this chapel has a distinctly spiritual feel to it.
Written 11 March 2022
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marcain
Washington DC, DC222 contributions
Feb 2022
Extremely old (by New World standards) little chapel, well worth a visit. Pretty short visit, but it's interesting for architecture and a peak into "original" old San Juan.
Written 4 March 2022
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Vacation Traveler
Memphis, TN35 contributions
Dec 2021
The crowds love to watch the mass of pigeons awaiting handouts from the tourists. It is cool for a few minutes. BUT we kept our distance.
Written 6 January 2022
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,263 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
This chapel is only open on weekends and I saw it a few times before I finally got to go in. Just outside it, you have to battle of sea of pigeons to get in. Thee is a small foyer which is actually bigger than the chapel itself. There are several lovely paintings inside and also a sign explaining the history (won’t go into details so you can learn it yourself; involves a horse, a rider and a cliff). It is a cute little place that everyone should visit.
Written 13 November 2021
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Lydia D
Orlando, Florida, Usa7 contributions
Oct 2021
oldest church in the America's
small chapel located next to the "Parque de las Palomas" where you can feed pigeons
a must see
Written 11 October 2021
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