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San Juan Gate

La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #14 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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Belleville
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
29 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We took an afternoon stroll towards El Morro Castle from our Hotel (Sheraton Old San Juan). It turned out to be quite the walk with us seeing cute cats from the Sanctuary, a really cool crab near a pier, awesome trees, beautiful architecture and the best shaved ices my kids had all trip. The ices were found right on the... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Get place for pictures and pigeons - there are literally hundreds and they have made homes in the old wall. It makes for a unique photo op

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Columbus, Georgia
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200 reviews 200 reviews
85 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I like what another traveler said: "Take the walk along the old city wall from the Raices Fountain along the Paseo de la Princessa and pass by the City Gate on your way to the base of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro for a great photo opportunity. There is a small pier you can use to get some good... More

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