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La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

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Address: Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-721-7000
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Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room...

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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Amazing Tour!!

this is a great tour of the governor's mansion. walking in the gardens with spectacular views. dungeons were the Spaniards hid the gold etc amanzing!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Adriana P
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Hackensack, New Jersey
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Hackensack, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this is a great tour of the governor's mansion. walking in the gardens with spectacular views. dungeons were the Spaniards hid the gold etc amanzing!

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My fiance and I took the free tour of the Governor's Home, La Fortaleza and our guide was great... You do not get to go inside but they take you to the courtyard, the gardens, etc. and provide a nice history! There is an office on the street of the main entrance where you can show up for the tours.... More 

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Caguas, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

La Fortaleza is so woude and protected , but it could be seen the surround it of it ..and take some pictures

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New Bern, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife just had to take pictures of it, because it impressed her to a degree. It's worth visiting and nice to look at, too.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

The free tour was definitely worth it. You get to visit the various rooms of the Fortaleza, learning about the history, art and people who work and live in the complex. Highly recommend.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

This is definitely a must see historical attraction. It has been the official residence of the Governor since the year 1846. The fort went through a major restoration at that time to make it the palace that it is today (Palacio de Santa Catalina). They have tours in English and Spanish. The tour office is located on Calle Fortaleza. It's... More 

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Monroe, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

My husband and I stumbled upon a free tour of La Fortaleza Palace. It lasted about 30 minutes. The building has offices on the lower level and residential rooms on the upper. It is beautifully decorated, but not overwhelming. There is a herb/vegetable garden to walk through also. The view of the harbor is lovely.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Tours are available in English and Spanish. Availability of visiting certain areas depends on when the governor is in residence. It has a dungeon and everything! Nice gardens and view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

Is the official house of the Governor of Puerto Rico. It was the first fortress build by the Spaniards back in the 16 century. It is the oldest executive mansion of the americas and it was remodeled back in the 19 century to be just the executive offices of the highest official on the island. Very nice gardens, a very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

Worth to visit and appreciate the colonial architecture. Each Hall has a special keepsake that will take you to the times of the colony.

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