Here's a ThrowBack Thursday dating back to 2011. I took this with my very first DSLR, a Nikon D3000 on a visit to the historical El Morro Fort in Old San Juan. Enjoy!!!
Old San Juan is surrounded by a lot of Sentry Boxes used in the past to defend the City. There's a lot of history and is such a beautiful place to visit and sightseeing. Enjoy!!!
La Fortaleza (The Fortress) is the current official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico. It was built between 1533 and 1540 to defend the harbor of San Juan. The structure is also known as Palacio de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina's Palace). It is the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the New World. It was listed by UNESCO in 1983 as part of the World Heritage Site "La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site".
During the 1640 reconstruction, the chapel of Santa Catalina, which originally existed outside of the walls, was demolished and was integrated to the walls of the structure, resulting in the alternate name Santa Catalina's Palace. Enjoy!!!
These were the outposts of protection for the island of San Juan against attacks by sea and by land, the loneliest job of all had to go to the sentries who manned the garitas of the forts.
They are the official symbol of San Juan, and it’s easy to see why. There is something a bit romantic about them. They’re photogenic, of course, standing out high above and in stark contrast to the brilliant blue of the sky. Enjoy!!!
Casa Borínquen is located on San Sebastian St, Old San Juan. Right outside there's a mural depicting a symbol of national pride - a portrait of independence leader, Pedro Albizu Campos. Enjoy!!!
Casa Borínquen - Old San Juan