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San Juan Gate

La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #15 of 102 Attractions in San Juan
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Four centuries ago this gate was the main entrance into the city.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We found this while walking around randomly and we went through the gate and walked along the water.

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Saskatoon,SK Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The real beauty behind the gate is when you stroll along the Giagantic Wall beginning in the south of Old San Juan where the Criuise Ship ports are and get a feel of what the citys first line of defence was. Yes its a big red gate that is a good photo op, but in the context of what the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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31 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Like the Paseo, this is easily fit into a walk around the city, but is not worth going far out of your way to see. It is pretty impressive as a 500 year old gate, but there's really nothing to do other than walk through it and look at it.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

beautiful area of old San Juan, bit of a steep hill to climb but well worth the effort for the views. Loads of pigeons to the right of the gate so anyone with a bird phobia stay clear.

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

While walking on Del Morro Promanade in the evening, we were pleasantly surprised to come upon the Great Gate. It's like the "door" to the City. Nice views of Bahia de San Juan. We walked thru the gate and up San Juan Street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We strolled below the wall of the Great City and had a delightful time- watching the felines along the way. Great place to view the harbor and the massive wall.

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St. Louis, MO USA
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Must do. Very impressive. The size of the orange gate is massive. There are also cool sentry boxes, fort walls, and a pier that make for nice pictures. Parking tip: We walked up from the parking garage at Calle Recinto Sur, walked north a few blocks then got on Calle San Francisco and it's a straight path to the gate.... More

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Haymarket, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is an interesting huge gate that is a good photo op. Some things are "must" see's because of their rich history. That is the case with the San Juan Gate.

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Colonie, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was a blip on our trip, but there's a nice story behind the gate. All the dignitaries and gold associated with the city passed through this gate. With your back to the gate there's a nice view of the water.

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Colorado Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Old San Juan used to have 4 gates to access the city--this is the only remaining one. The door on the gate dates to 1749...this is the entrance used by dignitaries when visiting, the other gates for commercial access and "ordinary" people. In a pretty little cove. Worth stopping by to see it.

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