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SAN JOSE CHURCH

SAN JOSE CHURCH
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
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BACKGROUND

The San José Church, originally known as the Iglesia de Santo Tomás de Aquino, is considered by many scholars to be one of the finest and oldest examples of Gothic-influenced religious architecture built by the Spanish in the New World.

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HOW WE HELPED

The San José Church was featured on the 2004 Watch. WMF funded a restoration effort beginning with the immediate stabilization and conservation of the church’s historic mural paintings. Later, we supported the complete architectural documentation of the site and continued urgent work to control environmental factors that affected the integrity of the church.

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WHY IT MATTERS

Historians cite the San José Church as the oldest surviving significant work of architecture in Puerto Rico and one of the earliest extant examples of Gothic-influenced architecture in the New World.

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