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La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

Address: Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-721-7000
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Ranked #35 of 104 Attractions in San Juan
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a...
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
23 helpful votes 23 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
353 helpful votes 353 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
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
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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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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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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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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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