This Gothic-style church is the main attraction in San German. Built in 1606, this is the oldest standing church in the New World. It was originally built as a place of worship for local Dominican monks, and now has been converted to a museum featuring hand carved Santos and other religious artifacts. 'Porta Coeli' means 'Heaven's Gate' - stand in front of the church and look down over San German and you will know where the name comes from.i can tell you that spending late december in sunny weather, away from snow and ice, is a welcome feeling. beth found a great walking tour of san german's old city that included a stop at porta coeli. my great-grandmother's house (on my mother's side) is just up the street. sadly, it's fallen into disrepair but is still in the family.
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