Iglesia San Blas de Illescas
Church San Blas de Illescas of Coamo
|Location||Mario Braschi Street, Town Plaza|
Coamo, Puerto Rico
|Area||0.5 acres (0.20 ha)|
|Architectural style||Spanish Colonial-Latin American Baroque Revival|
|MPS||Historic Churches of Puerto Rico TR|
|NRHP reference No.||84000463|
|Added to NRHP||December 10, 1984|
The Iglesia San Blas de Illescas (English: Church of Saint Blaise of Illescas) is a Catholic parish church located on the center plaza of Coamo, Puerto Rico. 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 church is separated from the open plaza below by a series of ceremonial steps and a delicate cast iron balustrade. 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.