Views abound at the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in Old San Juan. It’s a shame that the residents don’t even get to see them.
Ever heard the saying, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven? Well nowhere does this feel truer than in Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery. In terms of a tomb with a view, there’s not a dud space in the house. Puns aside, this peaceful graveyard perched above the creamy turquoise waters of the Caribbean is on prime real estate.
Just outside the walls of San Filipe Del Morro fortress, the 16th Century citadel is accessed through a rough concrete walkway. It opens out to brilliantly white marble and stone graves where some of Puerto Rico’s finest musicians, artists, humanitarians and politicians are buried.
The graves are beautifully ornate, with some dressed with iconography of saints and even guitars. A young family of statues watches over the grave of their father. Tall walls reach up above the graves keeping the cemetery contained from the rest of the city. Take the time to visit the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery and enjoy a moment of peaceful contemplation in a place so beautiful you won’t forget it soon.
Old San Juan’s premier resting place.
San Juan, 00926, Puerto Rico
The cemetery is free to explore.