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Review of Calle del Cristo

Calle del Cristo
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Old San Juan Food Tour
Ranked #31 of 201 things to do in San Juan
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: "That shopping street," as known to cab drivers; a tourist must.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

If you like to shop. This street, full of history an beautiful buildings like the Cathedral, is also hme to many store outlets like Coach and Puma....So. If you are in the mood for some history and culture and shopping, make it a point to visit Old San Juan.

Visited May 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Going to the chapel”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

The translation of Calle (pronounced ki-yea) del Cristo is Christ Street. The main attractions on this short street is TripAdvisor reviewed site Chapel of Christ the Savior (Capilla de Cristo), at the southern end, and two blocks south of San Juan Cathedral, adjacent to Parque de las Palomas, other TripAdvisor reviewed sites. In Old San Juan, the streets are attractions, much like those in New Orleans Vieux Carre (French Quarter), such as Bourbon Street.

I discovered the slate-gray bricks were used as ballast for empty Spanish ships coming to loot the New World, the way British ships used cobblestones. The beauty of cut stones in brick shape is they take less space and could be used to pave streets, when cargo holds were filled with loot stolen from indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. Not surprising is the number of shops lining the street. I purchased a mask, and for my sister, an inexpensive ring made of pewter and semiprecious stone. Enjoy the sites, and perhaps a mojito as an Irish anesthesia to ease your aching feet.

Visited February 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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1,666 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 986 helpful votes
“Some great stores - don't miss the Cathedral”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Some of the toniest stores in San Juan are found on Calle del Cristo but what we loved most about it was the area surrounding San Juan Cathedral. Here you will find the pretty Plazuela Las Monjas and a very pretty cobblestone street than runs down to the San Juan Gate. Do your shopping but make sure to save time for some of the sights!

Visited February 2014
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“A piece of history and shopping combined”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

This is the road in Old San Juan in which you will find both historical features, such as Catedral de San Juan Bautista, and great shopping, such as the Coach Outlet. The street isn't difficult to find. Brightly colored buildings line the street. There are ice cream and souvenir vendors in the gathering area in front of the Catedral. A nice piece of history while experiencing some good shopping at the same time. Cars do drive down this road but are very courteous to pedestrians.

Visited April 2014
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Hudson, Massachusetts
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“Some of the little splendid things”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

To discover while walking Old San Juan. Simple, understated, full of secrets of the many passers by. Enjoy!

Visited April 2014
Thank Rita V
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