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San Juan Gate

La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #15 of 105 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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Elmer, New Jersey
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163 reviews 163 reviews
74 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Arriving by cruise ship for just a short stay, we opted to take a leisurely walk through historical Old San Juan. We walked uphill at first to go along the top of the wall where there were interesting sculptures & architecture to be found as well as a good view of the harbor. Just before the gate is a very... More

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Macomb, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

There was a lot of traffic and no where to park, I let the family out to take pictures and explore the gate. The came out at the Tourism center.

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london,Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Imagine how entering the walled city 400 years ago would be. The doors are huge and intimidating- how horrible it would have been if you were unable to enter the city because you had arrived too late and how relieved and safe you would feel to be on the city side at night. As part of history it is great... More

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Tigard, Oregon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you go out the San Juan gate from OSJ, you can walk all the way around to the harbor side facing the water most of the way. It's a very nice walk with a good breeze, and you'll see a lot while doing it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Beautiful, what can I say. You have to see it . Lovely. Great to see all the birds in the area and the people feeding them. And just to remember that the people off the ships would go through these gates to go not only to church but to the town.

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San Antonio, Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
36 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The history associated with this location is interesting. The visit was decent, and the area not too bad. There are quite a bit of "free roam kitties' in the area but otherwise, a cool place to walk.

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Sarasota, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Once this was the only way to gain access into Old San Juan since the other approaches were highly fortified. Now it is just a gate but it overlooks a quiet, shallow cove and it is easy to imagine mariners rowing in from ships in the harbor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

As we traveled down San Juan Street, the gate was directly in front of us. What history! Definitely amazing. This is a must to see if you are ever in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Woodstock, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The amount of time and the craftsman who created it must have been something. It's like a gateway into the past. The walls of the city are so thick it's hard to imagine they were all built by hand by legions of men in the tropical heat and sunlight.

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Windsor, California
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Wonderful view. Again, I wish I would have had a chance to see it from the water. The "cats" were something else.

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