Santa Maria Magdalena De Pazzis Cemetery In Old San Juan – Guide & Review

The Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery is a famous graveyard in Old San Juan.

Located next to El Morro, the cemetery is the final resting place for many important Puerto Rican figures. 

As a frequent visitor myself, this is one of my favorite hidden gems in the city.

In this article, I will cover everything you need to know about the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in Old San Juan:

What is the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery?
Where is it located?
Is it worth visiting?
What else can you do nearby?

 

What is the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery?

The Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery is a graveyard located outside Old San Juan’s walls, between Castillo San Felipe del Morro and La Perla neighborhood.

image of Santa Maria Magdalena De Pazzis Cemetery
The cemetery faces the Atlantic Ocean.

The Spanish colonial government started its construction in 1863. 

Considered one of the most beautiful in Puerto Rico and the world, this cemetery was built facing the Atlantic Ocean as a symbol of the journey of souls to the afterlife. 

Below is a video that shows the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery:

 

Where is it located?

The Santa Magdalena De Pazzis Cemetery is located outside the walls of Old San Juan, between Castillo San Felipe del Morro and La Perla neighborhood.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery:

Learn more about the neighborhood in our article La Perla – All You Need To Know.

 

Is it worth visiting?

The Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery is worth visiting in Old San Juan.

Culture and history enthusiasts will find the graves of famous Puerto Rican artists, politicians, musicians, and painters. 

Some of the most notable figures are Pedro Albizu Campos, Ricardo Alegría, and José de Diego.

image of Santa Maria Magdalena De Pazzis Cemetery
Flags and sculptures decorate the tombs of important politicians.

But, even if you aren’t interested in history, the religious sculptures in this cemetery along with the landscape are a true work of art. 

It’s also a great place to rest from the tourist crowds in the city. If you’re planning on visiting the cemetery, it’s open daily from 7 am to 3 pm.

 

What else can you do nearby?

Nearby the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery you can visit El Morro and the San Cristobal Castle. 

The Spanish Empire created these two fortresses hundreds of years ago to protect Old San Juan from attacks.

Nearby museums include Las Americas Museum, the San Juan Museum, and Museo del Mar. 

image showing El Morro seen from the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery
El Morro can be seen from the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery.

Some of the best places to grab food or drinks a short walk from Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery are La Perla, La Vergüenza, La Factoria, Don Ruiz, and Barrachina. 

Other Old San Juan landmarks within walking distance include Cuartel Ballaja, La Fortaleza, and El Capitolio.

Beach enthusiasts will find a Playa Peña, also known as Playa del Capitolio, within a 15-minute walk of the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery.

Read our guide on the 40 Best Things To Do In San Juan to find more interesting things to do in the area.

 

Final thoughts

The Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery is one of the best sites to visit in Old San Juan. 

Although it’s the final resting place of many important Puerto Rican figures, if you’re not into history, you can still enjoy the cemetery like a calming outdoor sculpture garden.

It’s one of my favorite places to escape the afternoon Old San Juan crowds, but you’ll love it regardless of the time you visit. 

If you’re looking for more interesting things to do, read our guide on the 45 Best Things To Do In Puerto Rico.

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Vanessa Ramos

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I’m an avid traveler and freelance writer from Puerto Rico. I love the outdoors, coffee, hiking, and letters. When I’m not inside typing letters on my laptop, I’m out exploring the hidden treasures that Puerto Rico has to offer!

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