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“Combine with the other Fort”
Review of La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
787-721-7000
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Ranked #25 of 105 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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Chesterfield, NJ
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“Combine with the other Fort”
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

Visited December 2012
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Yonkers, New York
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“Nice little tour, beautiful views, gardens, dungeons!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

There was a 10 am tour in English. Because this is a government building where the PR Governor lives, we had to fill out paperwork, disclaimers, etc. Not a hassle but good to get there a few minutes early. The tour was about 30 minutes and very interesting and beautiful. During xmas week there was a light show on the Fortalenza facade every 20 minutes. Since its in the center of the touring and shopping areas it's easy to enjoy this bit of history while you're in San Juan Viejo.

Visited December 2012
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tampa bay
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“easy history lesson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The guide at the Governor's Palace is terrific -- enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable (there wasn't a question she couldn't answer). You don't actually go inside (it is, afterall, the governor's home and office) but stroll all around the grounds and enjoy the many vistas. And what you'll learn sets you up for your entire stay. PR has so much history that, with this intro, you can easily piece it all together as you explore other venues.

Visited December 2012
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Great views, some duplication with El Morro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

A cool place to visit, as you enter through one of the underground tunnels that soldiers used while it was in operation. There were many such tunnels, including one that actually led all the way to El Morro. There is a section about the history of San Juan that is duplicated in both places, but the one at this site is more complete.

Visited September 2012
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Rockville, Maryland, United States
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“Stunningly Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This was once an old fort that has gone through a lot of transitions over the centuries to become the home of the governor, but it retains all of the qualities and characteristics of each period of its history. From a dungeon to the towers, this is a uniquely beautiful and almost emotional place to visit.

Visited September 2012
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