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San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Places of Interest

Plaza de San Jose

Old San Juan has several plazas: Plaza de San José is a favorite meeting place for young and old alike. At its center stands the bronze statue of Ponce de León.

Plaza de Armas

Old San Juan's main square, on San José Street. Features four statues representing the four seasons; all are over 100 years old. It was carefully planned as the main city square and has served as a social meeting place for generations.

El Morro Fortress

El Morro, the word itself sounds powerful and this six‑level fortress certainly is. Begun in 1540 and completed in 1589. San Felipe del Morro was named in honor of King Phillip II.

La Fortaleza ‑ The Governor's Residence

La Fortaleza, also known as the Palacio de Santa Catalina, began construction in 1533 and finalized the 25 of May of 1540, as a fortress. It was authorized to be built by Charles V as a defense against Carib Indian attacks.

San Juan City Hall

The Alcaldia, San Juan's City Hall, started construction in 1602, completed in 1789. In the 1840's the building was heavily remodeled providing its present day facade intended by its builders to be an exact replica of Madrid's.

Capitol Building

El Capitolio (Capitol Building of Puerto Rico) hold the offices of senators on one wing and those of representatives on the other, with galleries, friezes, mosaics and an impressive rotunda in which Puerto Rico's constitution is exhibited. Construction began in 1919 and the building was inaugurated on February 11, 1929.

San Juan Cathedral

The Catedral de San Juan (San Juan Cathedral) is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere; construction began in 1521. In 1526 it was destroyed by a hurricane and rebuilt in 1540, looted in 1598, and damaged by another hurricane in 1615. The Cathedral as seen today is the result of work done in 1917, when major restorations were performed.

Bacardi Rum Distillery

The Bacardi Corporation is the largest rum distillery in the world, offering a unique experience for any visitor, especially rum enthusiasts. Guided tours are offered almost every day at Casa Bacardi, taking visitors through a journey from the distillery’s beginnings to what it is now.