Santa María de Pazzi Cemetery, Old San Juan • Photo: R.C. Flores-Gunkle

Contemplating Eternity

A six word photo story: freestyle

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Do you think heaven’s as crowded?

The Santa María de Pazzi Cemetery outside the walls of Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, was begun by the Spanish in 1863. It’s location next to the Atlantic Ocean is said to symbolize the spirit’s journey (over the sea) to the afterlife. Today it is the final resting place for the island’s elite. Its extraordinary locale and the beauty of its monuments and sculptures is an attraction for visitors to the colonial fort. For non-necropolis fans, it can be viewed from the 40-foot high walls or (as in my photo) from La Perla, the adjacent community, where the famous 2017 hit “Despacito” was filmed.

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The Statue of Eugenio Maria de Hostos in Park de Beneficencia Old San Juan Puerto Rico

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Ronald C. Flores-Gunkle

An aged humanist hanging on to the idea that there is hope for humankind against most current indications.