I really wasn’t expecting San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital, to be this nice. It’s not only that it enjoys a strategic location next to the sea with some really fine beaches, it also has some fascinating historical sites that are still very well preserved.

In the San Juan old city is El Morro (Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, or Castle Morro) a 16th century fort used to protect San Juan from invaders. It’s a world heritage site and a national historical treasure. The gorgeous scenery combined with the history of the place makes this a must attraction.

 

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Fodor has the intro :

At the northwestern tip of the Old City is El Morro ("the promontory"), a fortress built by the Spaniards between 1539 and 1786. Rising 140 feet above the sea, the massive six-level fortress was built to protect the harbor entrance. It is a labyrinth of cannon batteries, ramps, barracks, turrets, towers, and tunnels. Built to protect the port, El Morro has a commanding view of the harbor. You’re free to wander throughout. The cannon emplacement walls and the dank secret passageways are a wonder of engineering. The fort’s small but enlightening museum displays ancient Spanish guns and other armaments, military uniforms, and blueprints for Spanish forts in the Americas, although Castillo San Cristóbal has more extensive and impressive exhibits.

 

Take a look at this gorgeous fort and breathtaking view :

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Make time for this when visiting old San Juan.

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    sammi lam  |  March 31st, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    incredible …….my gosh

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