Coamo, Puerto Rico. Central Plaza with church .

Center of Coamo, view of the plaza and Catholic church

Town of Coamo, main road facing East and the Catholic church on the plaza. Coamo was one of the early towns of Puerto Rico. The nearby hot springs are a welcome dip for anyone, young and old. Rest your weary bones! Very restful, very rejuvenating.

It was named San Blas Illescas de Coamo by its first settlers. San Blas was the Catholic saint who remains the town's patron. Illescas is the Spanish town the original founders came from. The church contains paintings by José Campeche, Fransisco Oller, and Juan Ríos, in addition to several religions icons.

Construction on the church began in 1661; it has since been judged one of the most important works of religious architecture in Puerto Rico. The delicately curved Baroque facade reflects a major reconstruction completed in 1784. A two-level bell gable with open arches and bells is prominently featured in the facade. The parish of San Blas of Coamo is one of the oldest on the island. There is small chapel nearby dedicated to Our Lady of Valvanera who is said to have saved the town from Cholera. Hard to visit, as it is in a school.

Coamo has a small Historic Museum. The building was bougth in 1976 by the Municipality of Coamo. Many of the fine objects original to the home were aquired by Mr. Florencio Santiago (son of Clotilde) and his wife Sisita Cianchini from their travels to Spain, Italy and the Middle East. The living and dining rooms are furnished and decorated in the Neoclasical Elizabethan style, and the furniture was made from mahogany and cedar by local artisans. The living room has a beautiful lamp, four large paintings representing the four seasons and a sculpture of Mr. Florencio Santiago by the italian artist A. Canessa. The four painting represent the four seasons, and were aquired in Spain at the beguining of the 2oth century. The main bedroom reflects the religious devotion of the Santiago-Cianchini, featuring several religious paintings and icons.

Catholic church alter in Coamo puerto rico

The Catholic church in the town of Coamo is open until noon every day. Unusual to find a church open.

Howards Luxury Cottages on a Horse Ranch.. 10 minutes from Coamo.

Previous | Back to the Photos page of El Yunque.com | Next


Bird Watching

Please note: I have worked hard, over the last 5 years, to take pictures of Puerto Rico that portray it well and show people the best of what there is to be seen. I hope you enjoy my pictures, I welcome you to use them; but only if you are fair and credit me with them. Please play fair! Recently people have placed them all over the internet with no credit nor any link to me. I call that mean. All you have to do is put a link to www.elyunque.com and then we can all share them.

If you use them for advertising your business, without a hyperlink to me I will consider that stealing and illegal.

Also, please do not name the jpeg elyunque, call it something else.

Thanks, enjoy and use with a link.. Elena www.elyunque.com