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Address: La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Description: Four centuries ago this gate was the main entrance into the city.
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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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This was really cool to visit. The massive doors and passage way leads to a paseo walkway along the Atlantic Ocean. One must let their imagination flow and imagine 1800"s... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This was really cool to visit. The massive doors and passage way leads to a paseo walkway along the Atlantic Ocean. One must let their imagination flow and imagine 1800"s passenger ship docking well dressed Europeans and possibly slaves walking through this passage way to the new america's. The cobble streets and antique gas lamps begs for you to loose... More 

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Round Rock, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the gate on Sunday morning and loved learning about the history of the gate as a place where important visitors were first welcomed. We had come from Mass, and so saw the route that visitors were taken (from a party at the gate to Mass to celebrate a safe arrival). It's a beautiful walk with beautiful views of... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is the last gate to the city of Old San Juan, painted red on the outside. The width of the wall, once you enter the gate, is over 10 feet in width and makes you wonder how the inhabitants built the wall without power tools or motorized vehicles to move the stone. If you have the time, I would... More 

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South Haven, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

So interesting, learned so much history and the scenery was breath taking. Everyone should take the time to visit the gate.

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Jackson, Wyoming
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It's a giant door in the fortification walls. I can appreciate it for its historical context, but I wouldn't have gone out of my way to see it if we weren't already walking through the area.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is the gate that was used to enter Old San Juan for anyone arriving by boat back when the city was completely surrounded by walls. It's extremely sturdy and is very imposing. There are a couple of pieces of information in the area about the gate, as well as a security guard who can answer questions. Due to the... More 

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Sussex, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We went through the gate on our walk back to the Cruise Ship Port. At first we thought it would be too far to get there and back to the port in time as the maps make it look a lot longer than it really was. Being the slow one in the family it took less than 10 min to... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is the original entrance to San Juan if you came by boat. Nearby is the only beach in old San Juan (do not plan to swim or sunbathe here as it just a small area of sand. Be sure to walk either from the Paseo de la Princesa along the bay or go back to the lower part of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Stopped to take a few pictures and take in the awsome views and just ponder about the great historical memories of this amazing gate

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Norfolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Is hard to Imagine this was the only way In and Out of San Juan in the Old times, but it was a good way to control everything coming in and out for tax purposes and people coming in un-announced this gate is Massive and the wall structure is super thick sand erosion don't gives it justice the sand on... More 

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