AAA Editor Notes
Catedral Primada de América is on Arzobispo Meriño next to Columbus Park in the Colonial Zone. Pope Paul III pronounced this the first cathedral in the New World in 1542. Sir Frances Drake reputedly lived in the cathedral for 25 days. With a Gothic vault, Spanish Renaissance facades, Romanesque arches and Baroque ornamentation, the cathedral is an architectural marvel. Exquisite stained-glass windows were crafted by Dominican artist Rincón Mora.Appropriate attire is required; persons in shorts are not admitted.Guided tours are available.