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San Lorenzo (sanh lo-REN-zo) Saint Lawrence) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the eastern central region, north of Patillasmarker and Yabucoamarker; south of Gurabomarker; east of Caguasmarker and Cayeymarker; and west of Juncosmarker and Las Piedrasmarker. San Lorenzo is spread over 10 wards and San Lorenzo Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

San Lorenzo is called El Pueblo de los Samaritanos or La Tierra de Leyendas, The surrounding areas produce tobacco and sugar cane.

History

San Lorenzo's town hall.
San Lorenzo was founded in 1811 by Valeriano Muñoz de Oneca. Its original name was San Miguel de Hato Grande.

Flag

The flag of San Lorenzo is divided in four rectangles of equal size. The superior left and the inferior right are yellow. The superior right and inferior left are formed by horizontal stripes of equal width: two yellow and three red ones, alternated.

Coat of Arms

The grill is the traditional symbol of San Lorenzo, deacon and martyr, patron of the town, because in a grill he underwent the martyrdom, slowly burned to death. The hill or mountain represent the Gregorio Hill, which dominates the San Lorenzo panorama. The cross is one of the heraldic attributes of San Miguel Arcángel.

Demographics

Barrios (Districts/Wards)

  • Cayaguas
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Espino
  • Florida
  • Hato
  • Jagual
  • Quebrada
  • Quebrada Arenas
  • Quebrada Honda
  • Quemados

Geo/Topography

  • Cayey Mountain Range.
Rivers: Río Cayaguas, Río Emajagua, Río Grande de Loíza and Río de las Vegas.

Economy

Agriculture

However, due to urban sprawl and heavy construction, San Lorenzo has become a sub-urban zone, and little agricultural activity is left.

Industry

  • Clothing, Pharmaceuticals, Footwear, Electromechanical equipment, Industrial and household paints


Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

Priscilla Flores Theater.


Festivals and events

  • Three Kings Caroling - January
  • Cavalcade Moncho Roldán - January
  • Candelaria Celebrations - February
  • Kite Festival - March
  • Cross Celebrations - May
  • Matron Celebrations - September
  • Embroidering and Weave Festival - September
  • Passion Fruit Festival - November

Education

Sports

  • AA Class Baseball Club "Samaritanos" - multiple National Champions
  • Agustin Reyes Half Marathon


Notable natives and residents



References




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