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“Impressive!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina
Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
787-721-7000
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Ranked #28 of 102 attractions in San Juan
Type: Historic Sites, Government Buildings
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.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Impressive!”
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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English first
Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great fort!”
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!

Visited January 2013
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Chesterfield, NJ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“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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21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“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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