Puerto Rico: La Fortaleza, San Juan Gate, Paseo del Morro

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La Fortaleza
La Fortaleza is the personal residence and place of business of the Governor of Puerto Rico.  La Fortaleza was built in the 1500s by the Spanish and has been in use ever since; it is the oldest governor’s mansion in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere.  La Fortaleza is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site (“La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site”).

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San Juan Gate and Paseo del Morro
In the 1600s, the Spanish built a wall around San Juan to protect the city from attacks by other European nations and created San Juan Gate, named after St. John the Baptist, as the official entrance through which Spanish officials and guests could proceed to San Juan Cathedral and La Fortaleza.

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The US National Park Service manages a 2-mile trail along the wall, from San Juan Gate to Castillo San Felipe del Morro, called the Paseo del Morro.  Though the Paseo del Morro ends at Castillo San Felipe del Morro, there is no access to del Morro from the trail and visitors must return to San Juan Gate to exit the trail.  Paseo del Morro is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site (“La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site”).

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The trail ends here.

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This is part of the fortifications of Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

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