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La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
787-721-7000
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Ranked #24 of 103 attractions in San Juan
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Type: Historic Sites, Government Buildings
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We were informed on Friday that the English speaking tours were done for the day and to come back tomorrow at 9 am or noon. We went back on Saturday and the whole office was closed, not running tours.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Santa Catalina Palace, also known as La Fortaleza, is the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico and the oldest executive mansion in use in the Americas. The building dates back to the early 15th century when the city of San Juan was founded. The governor's official residence and office are located here so it is not always available... More

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Bel Air, MD
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31 reviews 31 reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I wasn't planning on doing a lot of sight seeing during a 6 day trip to San Juan, but I'm so glad I went to La Fortaleza. The tour took about 40 mins and although you don't get to go into the main house with the exception of the courtyard, dungeon and chapel, it was well worth it. Tour was... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Very Spanish; well conserved; impressive history. A maelstrom of emotions and ideas from the time of the Spanish government to the current US government of PR.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stopped by the reservation office on Fortaleza Street to take the tour of La Fortaleza. The tour is free. I do not recommend it for anyone who has difficulty walking as most of the tour is not wheel chair accessible. We were briefed and were made to sign waivers in case of injuries resulting from uneven and worn walkways... More

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Athens, Greece
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158 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The palace itself is closed to the public but the surrounding streets are an excellent point to absorb the atmosphere of Old San Juan

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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stopped here while staying in San Juan and took the tour. This building was built in 1540 and served as a fort and is now the Governor’s mansion. The tour is of the first floor only, but this is the art that was the fort. The tour is about 20 minutes and only costs $3 which isn’t bad. It... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This old building is the house of the governor of Puerto Rico, is a must visit place during your visit to Puerto Rico.

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Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This tour meets all the requirements that my sister's has for any tour - it must not be over 20 minutes, be interesting, and somewhere there needs to be a garden. Our tour guide was a cute, charming girl who had a particular dislike of a mango tree that successfully dropped mangos on her head. The tour is only of... More

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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This was a stop on our Segway tour and it is very nice. I recommend taking that Segway tour with a guide to tell all the history of this site.

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