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Address: La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 770-547-7104
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Four centuries ago this gate was the main entrance into the city.

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Lovely walk around the City Wall

A lovely and relaxed way to meander around the city wall, and then walk through the gate back into the old town

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Preston, United Kingdom

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Newark, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the original entrances into San Juan from the bay. A nice piece of history and the landscaping around the area was nice but otherwise its really just a door way in the wall that surrounds the city. Still if you are in the area take the 5 minutes to see it and snap a few shots.

Thank Dave D
Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A lovely and relaxed way to meander around the city wall, and then walk through the gate back into the old town

Thank Nadine137
Avon, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,753 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The 3 miles (4.8k) of city walls, La Muralla, surrounding Old San Juan turned the city into a fortress and were effective in protecting the city from attack but a series of gates were needed to provide access into and out of the fortified city. Of the five or six gates that originally existed, San Juan Gate, or more properly,... More 

Thank Steve1362
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We found this wandering around the old city. It's built into the wall surrounding the city and surrounded by old cobblestone streets and large, ancient banyan trees. Really interesting area of the city with steep streets and several little parks around. (Note: we found this area of the city to have the odor of urine - not sure if it's... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking throught he gate is like walking through time & is definately a plus to the thrill of walking the streets & paths in Old San Juan. A lot of history!

Thank EMK260
birmingham, michigan
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The guide books aren't wrong. This is worth a look. It was the historic gateway to old San Juan. The early Spanish settlers passed through these gates from the galleons on their way into the city, passing often directly to St. Sebastian's up the hill to give thanks for a safe passage. Don't miss the colonies of beach cats ("Save... More 

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Los Angeles. CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our apartment was situated up the street from the San Juan Gate. A nice walking street with a mini tunnel and cobblestone streets there is so much history at this gate that was once the main entrance into San Jaun by dignitaries and government officials.

Thank luv2travel2010_12
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I do miss more information about the history that surrounds this place, but all in all it is a beautiful peace of history in adventurous suroundings.

Thank L0stViking
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes it's just a gate but it's the history behind it. It right on the ocean front so it affords great photo ops.

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Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were following a walking tour from a guide book and happened upon the gate which was the formal gate of the city.

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