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12 Dec

Eugenio Maria De Hostos Sculpture, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Eugenio Maria De Hostos Sculpture San Juan Puerto Rico

Sign Eugenio Maria De Hostos Sculpture San Juan Puerto Rico

This statue of Eugenio María de Hostos entitled The Citizen of the Americas is by José Buscaglia. Eugenio María de Hostos was a famous Puerto Rican educator, philosopher, lawyer, sociologist and independence advocate.

11 Dec

The Beginnings Of El Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Archways Into Various Rooms El Morro San Juan Puerto Rico

Beginnings El Morro Person San Juan Puerto Rico

Sign The Beginnings Of El Morro San Juan Puerto Rico

The Beginnings of El Morro

Here on El Morro’s second level you are standing inside the oldest part of this giant fortification. The walls you see here date back to 1539.

When the earlier fortifications in San Juan proved inadequate, Spain decided to fortify the city’s harbor entrance. A circular tower was designed and built to hold four cannon overlooking the channel mouth. You can see three original embrasures (gunports) in front of you.

As threats from enemies grew in the 17th century, so did the fortification. Eventually the massive fortress engulfed the original tower.

Other Features to Notice

Projectile in Wall – During the U.S. bombardment of San Juan in 1898, a shell penetrated the tower’s wall. Fragments of the shell are still lodged overhead in the wall to your right, a visible reminder of the Spanish-American War.

Water Battery – The stairway to your left leads to the Water Battery on El Morro’s first level. The Water Battery was designed for low-trajectory cannon fire at the hulls of wooden ships.

10 Dec

Ramp And Stairs, El Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Ramp To Lower Level El Morro San Juan Puerto Rico

Ramp To Lower Level Full El Morro San Juan Puerto Rico

El Morro consists of 6 levels, and is NOT wheelchair or stroller friendly. Look at this incline. Yikes. The stairs were very slippery the day we went. If you are physically able, El Morro is well worth the time and $3 admission fee however. There are plenty of places to explore.

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