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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 #39 of 94 Attractions in San Juan
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
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Owner 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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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 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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Australia
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335 attraction reviews
499 helpful votes 499 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

This beautiful blue/white Governors’ residence is also called ‘La Fortaleza’ (the fortress) and is included in UNESCO’s portfolio of heritage sites. It’s hard to imagine looking at this architecturally stunning building that it was initially built as a defence system for San Juan. What’s visible now is the remodeled, neoclassical Governors Mansion instead of a military structure and the oldest,... More

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25 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

This is the governor's house in PR. Is located in Old SJ close to Capilla del Cristo and el Morro. Places that can't be missed if you are visiting the island.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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151 reviews 151 reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We did not take the inside tour but the outside of the building is attractive. Overall I think this is a nice area to stroll to as you wander the old city.

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Melbourne, Australia
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306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Great walking around and looking at all the colours, buildings and architecture. Very interesting. Heaps of shops, small boutique hotels and restaurants. Very quaint and charming. Take time to explore all it has to offer without rushing.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

I lived here for over 20 yrs before someone talked me into taking the tour, and boy was I surprized! The grounds, fountains, tapestries, elegantly appointed great room were truly impressive, and the tour was friendly and informative. Do it!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We were there on MLK Day and it was free! The fort is truly amazing and what piece of history. Best part of our trip by far!

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Chesterfield, NJ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Go between the two forts and you will really get a feel for the historical significance of your location. The walk around the exterior of Old San Juan through the old city gates, and past the beautiful fountains. It is not to be missed

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