San Juan

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  • 1. Castillo San Cristóbal

    Old San Juan | Military Sight

    This huge stone fortress, built between 1634 and 1783, guarded the city from land attacks from the east. The largest Spanish fortification in...Read More

  • 2. Castillo San Felipe del Morro

    Old San Juan | Historic District/Site

    At the northwestern tip of Old San Juan, El Morro (the promontory) was built by the Spaniards between 1539 and 1790. Rising 140 feet above the...Read More

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  • 3. Capilla del Cristo

    Old San Juan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    According to legend, in 1753 a young horseman named Baltazar Montañez got carried away during festivities in honor of San Juan Bautista (St...Read More

  • 4. Casa Alcaldía de San Juan

    Old San Juan | Government Building

    San Juan's city hall was built between 1602 and 1789. In 1841, extensive alterations made it resemble Madrid's city hall, with arcades, towers...Read More

  • 5. Casa Blanca

    Old San Juan | Historic Home

    The original structure here was a wooden house built in 1521 as a home for Ponce de León; he died in Cuba without ever living here. His descendants...Read More

  • 6. Casa de Ramón Power y Giralt

    Old San Juan | Museum/Gallery

    The restored home of 18th-century naval hero Don Ramón Power y Giralt is now the headquarters of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. On-site...Read More

  • 7. Catedral de San Juan Bautista

    Old San Juan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Catholic shrine of Puerto Rico had humble beginnings in the early 1520s as a thatch-roofed wooden structure. After a hurricane destroyed...Read More

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  • 8. Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis

    Old San Juan | Cemetery

    One of Old San Juan's best-kept secrets, this remarkable cemetery provides a peaceful respite from the bustle of the city. Sandwiched between...Read More

  • 9. Fundación Felisa Rincón de Gautier

    Old San Juan | Museum/Gallery

    This tiny but fascinating museum honors Felisa Rincón de Gautier, who served as San Juan's mayor from 1946 to 1968. Throughout her life, "Doña...Read More

  • 10. Fundación Nacional Para la Cultura Popular

    Old San Juan | Museum/Gallery

    This nonprofit foundation serves many functions: museum; performance space; dance and music school; and archive preserving Puerto Rican contributions...Read More

  • 11. Iglesia de San José

    Old San Juan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its vaulted ceilings, this little church is a splendid example of 16th-century Spanish Gothic architecture. It was built under the supervision...Read More

  • 12. La Fortaleza

    Old San Juan | Government Building

    Sitting atop the fortified city walls overlooking the harbor, La Fortaleza was built between 1533 and 1540 as a fortress, but it proved insufficient...Read More

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  • 13. Museo de las Américas

    Old San Juan | Museum/Gallery

    On the second floor of the imposing former military barracks, Cuartel de Ballajá, this museum houses four permanent exhibits covering folk art...Read More

  • 14. Museo de San Juan

    Old San Juan | Museum/Gallery

    A bustling marketplace in 1857, this handsome building now houses the small San Juan Museum. You'll find rotating exhibits of Puerto Rican art...Read More

  • 15. Museo La Casa del Libro

    Old San Juan | Museum/Gallery

    Dedicated to the artistry of the printed word, this museum counts among its holdings approximately 400 books printed before the 15th century...Read More

  • 16. Parque de las Palomas

    Old San Juan | City Park

    Thanks to a large stone wall with holes cut into it, hundreds of palomas (pigeons) roost in this small park, which is also often full of cooing...Read More

  • 17. Paseo de la Princesa

    Old San Juan | Promenade

    Built in the mid-19th century to honor the Spanish princess of Asturias, this street has a broad pedestrian walkway and is spruced up with flowers...Read More

  • 18. Plaza Colón

    Old San Juan | Plaza/Square

    A statue of Christopher Columbus stands atop a soaring column and fountain in this bustling Old San Juan square, catercorner to Castillo San...Read More

  • 19. Plaza de Armas

    Old San Juan | Plaza/Square

    The Old City's original main square was once used as military drilling grounds. Bordered by Calles San Francisco, Rafael Cordero, San José,...Read More

  • 20. Plazuela La Rogativa

    Old San Juan | Plaza/Square

    According to legend, the British, while laying siege to the city in 1797, mistook the flaming torches of a rogativa (religious procession...Read More

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