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La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

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Address: Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-721-7000
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room...
Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room mansion completed in 1540 that was used to defend against foreign invaders.
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Although I wasn't able to go inside, the place looks beautiful from the outside and it's well kept. I did find out it is the oldest building in San Juan, even older than the Morro.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Kissimmee

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Kissimmee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Although I wasn't able to go inside, the place looks beautiful from the outside and it's well kept. I did find out it is the oldest building in San Juan, even older than the Morro.

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Caguas, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the New World. The governor of Puerto Rico lives there during his mandate. Finished by 1540 just 475 years of history. Beautiful structure, windows, halls, decoration, and gardens. They have tours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

You definitely need to stop and view and appreciate the Fortaleza, but you cannot get very close to it. Great location in OSJ and worth the stop to appreciate if the guard will let you walk a little closer to it.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Beautiful architecture and lots of history. Definately a must during your visit to San Juan, PR. I would recommend doing it as part of a day tour of the City. Call Lissette's Taxi 787-568-5069

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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is clear on the west side of Old San Juan, not even close to where it is on the map. Never made it as we had already been to that side of Old San Juan an hour before.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Its very fancy looking inside. Looks more like a hotel than a working area. Since there is restricted access the rooms to see weren't much.

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Bayamon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

One of the loveliest governor's house in all America. For history buffs, like me, the paintings, furniture and the architecture is worth the visit. My favorite was the story (or legend, maybe) of the ancient mahogany clock and the underground cell. Oh, the best thing: free entrance.

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Mount Brydges, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It was a lovely tour of the gorgeous gardens in the scorching heat. We were quite disappointed as we booked this tour in advance and were told we could not go inside once we arrived!Yes, we had a nice private garden tour and the ocean view was fantastic, but it was a bit uncomfortable having the security guards watching your... More 

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Newnan, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Beautiful architecture and great Caribbean vibe. It was raining on our last visit but was still just as beautiful as I remembered from past visits.

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Road Town, Tortola
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

Our guide was rushed by the security people, we were given maximum two minutes per room. She also tried to make jokes which didn't really work. We needed much longer and a much more Informed tour than the thirty minutes we were "allowed". Unless they can extend and improve the tour this isn't worth doing.

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