Plaza de San José
Plaza de San José
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,264 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
This plaza is on the north side of Iglesia de San Juan and is very simple. It’s main feature is the statue of Juan Ponce de Leon. It seems to be a popular cut through spot or a place to have a little rest.
Written November 10, 2021
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,818 contributions
Mar 2020
Plaza de San Jose has a large statue of Ponce de Leon who was the Spanish conquistador who traveled to the new world and was responsible for finding the fountain of youth! I have sipped it in St Augustine.
Written March 14, 2020
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X334LV
Tampa, FL87 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
We stopped here for a quick rest on our way to the fort.

TIP: there is a great photo op on the bridge to the right of the plaza if you are facing the fort.

Please mark as helpful if you read this :)
Written December 8, 2014
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,549 contributions
Feb 2014 • Solo
Trying to locate San José Church, I paused in this tiny park and studied the map of Old San Juan. Turning the map every which way to orient myself, I discovered I was in front of the church. My tired feet loudly urged me to sit awhile. For once, I listened. A calm came over me, when I realized that Spanish Conquistadors had once sat here 500 years ago. Unless you're pressed for time, share with five centuries of history in this quiet respite constructed by those so many years ago. I asked a local shop owner where the slate bricks came from. She told me that ships sailing empty from Spain coming to the New World used these bricks to stack in the holds for ballast, the way British ships used cobble stones. The beauty of cut stones in brick shape is they take less space and could be used to pave streets, when cargo holds were filled with loot stolen from indigenous peoples of the Caribbean.
Written April 17, 2014
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MiguelLVargas
San Juan, Puerto Rico127 contributions
Sep 2013
Plaza San José, located right by San José Church, is one of the oldest in Old San Juan. It is located on one of the highest spots in the city. The oldest buildings in the city are located here: San José Church, Casa de los Contrafuertes (House of the Butresses), the oldest in Old San Juan, and others. The highlight is the statue of Juan Ponce de León, first governor of Puerto Rico, which was made with English cannons captured during one of the many battles trying to capture the city. By the way, the photo shown is not from Plaza San José.
Written October 10, 2013
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CliftonVA
Clifton, VA260 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
Lovely day for a walk and see the sights....People flying kites and breeze was welcomed. Nice shops and not overly priced. Friendly people and felt safe in the environment.
Written July 8, 2013
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Francisco V
San Juan, Puerto Rico70 contributions
Sep 2012
The plaza gets crowded on week ends. Once or twice a month the municipality of San Juan give shows and concerts. There are many bars and restaurants at San Sebastian St. and nearby Casa Blanca, the house built for the first governor of the isla nd back in the 16th century and El Morro;the monumenal Spanish fortress.
Written September 18, 2012
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rduinc
Annapolis, MD2,245 contributions
Mar 2020
Really nice plaza to enjoy and get some shade if needed. The Ponce de Leon statue is here, and the San Jose church and Plaza de Americas is located within a very short distance.
Written March 21, 2020
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Jsm10029
87 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
Focal point is the beautiful tall totem pole. Not much in the area. Really dark at night. No lights nearby. Would go during light hours to appreciate the area.
Written February 23, 2017
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Pdxgirl2015
Portland, OR298 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
From afar, we thought this was a palm tree that had lost its top. It inspired us to take a closer look and we studied it for quite a while before determining it was made of fired clay. It's a very unique piece and draws you in to read about what it stands for - all in Spanish so I'm still not sure but it is a cool artwork.
Written February 28, 2016
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