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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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Colorado Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The gate where dignitaries entered, talk to the security guard about it's history. Also, no swimming (there's a large pipe carrying sewage right into the bay). Plenty of feral cats as well.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Very cool to walk through the colonial version of Ellis Island. Interesting to think about all of the things that must have taken place both inside and outside of those doors over the last 500+ years. Beautiful area of San Juan.

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Belleville
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

At one time there were three gates. This historical landmark is the only one that remains. Inscribed above the gate in Latin is the following: "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." Take a local history tour to get the feel of this place.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We came upon the gate while walking through the streets very historic. Many pigeons around the area as well as many stray cats.

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northern ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

To stand at this huge entryway, built so many years ago, and think about the people who have crossed through those gates and into the city- it's just amazing. The location on the harbor with views of passing ships and the mountains in the distance- well, it's beautiful. Definitely worth a visit when exploring beautiful Old San Juan.

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Tooele, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I was here a few years ago on a cruise and will be visiting again next month. I can't wait to take the stroll and pass through the gate again. A must stroll if you visit san Juan!

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We actually visited in june 2013. We entered through the gate and walked along the path by yhe water. It was a nice stroll, had plenty of spots for photo ops. Beautiful gate and a ver nice gaurd who took our picture

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

While there are many concrete gates along the city walls of Puerto Rico, this one marks the royal entry point. The scenic route adjoining it boasts spectacular views of the adjacent islands and historic sites should you exit Old San Juan via the gate. If exiting through the gate and turning left, before you get to the Paseo de Princesa,... More

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We went through the gate as part of a walk through Old San Juan. All of it added to the cultural experience. Beautiful with many flowers growing around it.

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