The Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe) commonly known as Catedral de Ponce (Ponce Cathedral) was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The cathedral is located at the center of Plaza Las Delicias in the city of Ponce facing west, it is the only church situated at the center of a plaza, dividing the square into two plazas (squares).
- History dates back to 1670. Original structures were damaged by earthquakes and fires.
- From 1931 – 1937 the church was reconstructed. Francisco Porrata Doria designed the cathedral. The facade was designed in a neoclassical style. The interior design is colonial and gothic.
- The cathedral features a large pipe organ played by famous Puerto Rican composer Juan Morel Campos.
Important Events at Catedral de Ponce
- December 12th – Annual event held since 1965 with an average attendance of 10,000 people. Procession and Mass presided by the Bishop of Diocese. Attendees congregate at the entrance of the Cathedral before dawn for a procession to sing Las Mañanitas (a song typically sung on birthdays in Mexico), accompanied by a mariachi band to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Ponce. Following a Holy Mass is held at the Cathedral at 5 am.
- Monday – Friday from 6:00 am to 12:30 pm
- Saturday – Sunday: 6 am to 12 pm / 3 pm to 8 pm
- Monday – Friday 7 am, 9 am, 12:05 pm
- Saturdays: 9 am, 4 pm, 7 pm
- Sundays: 7 am, 8:30 am, 11 am, 4 pm, 7 pm
Monday – Friday: 9 am / 1 pm