Cementerio de Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis
Cementerio de Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis is the city’s historic cemetery, outside the city wall just east of El Morro and accessible from Calle Norzagaray in Old San Juan. In addition to a neoclassical chapel, there are many significant burial sites of some of the city’s early colonists, as well as the tomb of Pedro Albizu Campos, the revered revolutionary who sought independence for the island of Puerto Rico. Avoid going alone or at night.
Next door is La Perla, an impoverished community notorious for its drug trade; its illicit activities are known to spill over into the cemetery. If you don’t want to venture in, you can get a great view of it from Plaza del Quinto Centenario on Calle Norzagaray.
© Suzanne Van Atten from Moon Puerto Rico, 2nd Edition