Sometimes also called the San Juan Gate. It is the last of the original 6 city gates that once had huge wooden doors that were closed and barred at sundown to protect the inhabitants from invaders. This gate is set in the famous city wall - huge 15 foot thick stone and masonry walls that went around many parts of San Juan. This was where so many sailors entered into the city along with so much cargo. Standing back on the Paseo del Morro, the walkway on the seaside of the city walls, it is amazing to think back at what it must have been like to disembark from the ship and enter into the city from that point. Tradition often has it that sailors often went straight up the Calle to the Cathedral (itself well worth the visit) and thank God for safe passage.
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