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The walls of San Juan

One of the fascinating features of the old city of San Juan is the wall which once completely surrounded it. Spanish troops built forts in San Juan beginning in 1539 with a tower at El Morro and La Fortaleza. The majority of construction took place from the 1760's-1780's. Today it is still possible to walk between the two forts on a beautiful pathway overlooking the sea.
















88 comments:

  1. I would love to take a photo safari there. If walls could talk...

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  2. I enjoy visiting and learning about places like this, steeped in history! This fort is in a stunning location! And coincidentally I featured a fort today too!

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  3. That's a beautiful place to visit !!
    Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos !!
    Happy new week !

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  4. Hi Sue
    My daughter has visited Old San Juan a couple times and she also found this historic area of Puerto Rico fascinating. I find that fact that there is still talk about "building walls" in our day and age disconcerting.
    I hope you received many donations last week and was pleased to add mine to the group in memory of my friend's son who passed away from lymphoma. Praying for the young woman your profiled in your post. Please keep us up to date on her progress.

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  5. They knew how to build a fort! Huge walls, looks beautiful! Groetjes Hetty

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  6. Really gorgeos! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice week

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  7. this is SO beautiful. I love walks like that, overlooking the sea, historical sites/ruins...

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  8. Such an impressive building! Gorgeous photos!

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  9. Great pics - moats are amazing, when you think back to when they built them...and what they'd have used.

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  10. These are really wonderful photos!! I always enjoy a visit here! Thank you!

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  11. I'd love to visit Old San Juan, PR again.

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  12. Great photos, one of those kind of places I love to visit and I am through these super shots. Thank you for hosting Sue.

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  13. Wow. Very stunning. I really need to visit there.

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  14. So beautiful place.I really love to visit it one day if I can

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  15. I've wanted to get to Old San Juan for years and still haven't made it. Fun to see your pictures!

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  16. It is fascinating to visit old forts, castles, etc Happy travels and thank you for the continue linkup.

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  17. What a beautiful place, I enjoyed those photos :-)

    Have a scenictastic week :-)

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  18. Oh wow, such an intriguing place... Great shots! Thank you for joining Simply Neutrals Sue and nice to meet you! Wishing you a beautiful day, xx

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  19. lovely fortress, but i don't know where San Juan is, will google later

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  20. What a fascinating place. I love the old construction.

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  21. There are some wonderful images here, but the second one is my personal favorite. I am always in awe of what people were able to construct without modern equipment. Have a blessed day.

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  23. I love the last image. I would also love to visit this place.

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  24. I love imagining living in the time period when things were built. The cold drafts, the warm breezes, the clothes....

    Great shots! I hope your fundraising is going well!

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  25. Gorgeous photos, I would love to walk along that pathway overlooking the sea!

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  26. Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for hosting. Have a great week!

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  27. Hi Y'all!

    Thanks for the wonderful tour. The photos are beautiful and dramatic.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  28. Beautiful photos! Thanks for joining OYGIF. One of your photos will be featured this weekend. Hope to see you again.

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  29. Another wonderful history lesson captured in beautiful photos!

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  30. Positively glorious! I must visit there some day. You captured it beautifully!
    :-)
    Traci

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  31. Wonderful photos of St. Juan!!!

    Have a good week and thanks for hosting!
    Happy ww, Joana :)

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  32. Un lugar espectacular, es maravilloso pasear por lugares con tanta historia
    Sludos

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  33. That should protect us from anything!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2016/03/happy-cooking.html

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  34. Lovely historical walk, a place with interesting aspects to see and learn! Thanks for hosting and a good week!

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  35. Hi Sue, looks like a great day out! That 4th pic looks v similar to forts in Ireland, probably designed around the same time.

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  36. Such a beautiful city! It brings back great memories of a wonderful vacation I had with my wife for our 20th anniversary. Can't wait to go back!

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  37. Thats a very nice collection. Thank you for hosting and have a good week.

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  38. Remember visiting there many years ago and your pictures made those memories come alive again.I am now a google+ friend as I want to see more gorgeous pictures from you. Nancy A @ obloggernewbie.blogspot.com

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  39. What a thrill it must have been to be in a place with such a rich and storied history! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  40. Sue, I would love to visit an old fort along the coast. These are excellent photos. Fantastic job! Happy #WW!

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  41. Very cool pictures! Love old buildings. Have a great end to your week!

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  42. Beautiful shots of the walls there, I love the history behind it too! Would love to go and explore it. - Tasha

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  43. Really amazing protection given to the city in fortification! Great perspective over the forts and walls aside the shore...

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  44. What an interesting and unique place to visit - stunning photos!

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  45. Thank you for the lovely comments Sue - I'm so ready for Spring! - Tasha

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  46. Sue, I love seeing photos of such history based on buildings of the past. In Australia, only settled in 1778 we have a long and rich past of Aboriginal heritage but 'buildings' as such have only been around for this long. Denyse

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  47. Your first photo looked familiar. When I checked I realised we had visited San Juan many years ago.

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  48. Great place. I love looking at history live!!!! You sure have an eye for a great photo. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. So much history and a beautiful place to look over the ocean.

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  50. Hello, cool images of the fort. It is a pretty spot. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  51. These pictures of fort resemble the ones here in India -in Goa! Goa was under Portuguese rule for few hundred years. Is there any Portuguese connection in San Juan too?

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  52. It has been at least 25 years since I went to San Juan and visited Old San Juan and then visited all of those precious vintage structures all painted in beautiful pastel colors. I still have two picture boxes with a butterfly in each I bought at an art gallery there. Your photos are gorgeous and brought back so many memories. Maybe the sieve in my brain has not let out as much gray matter as I was thinking it had. Awesome post. Happy Weekend.

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  53. What a fascinating journey you've taken us on - thank you. Happy weekend to you.

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  54. What a beautiful place - I remember my brief visit many years ago.

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  55. So beautiful.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Greetings.

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  56. Beautiful photos.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Greetings.
    ~ Have a nice weekend ~

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  57. Sounds like a great place to spend a few hours in. :)

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  58. great place by the sea indeed. Would love to visit this place as well..

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  59. Wonderful captures!
    And thanks for visiting :)

    Irene

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  60. Wow, I think we underestimate our predecessors ...this is amazing architecture and it has lasted forever. What we build today not only doesn't have the style, it probably lacks longevity. This is awesome ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  61. My Mom & Dad got to visit there once when I was a teen, and I remember images very similar to these! Have a great week.

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  62. Thank you, NC Sue for your visit to my blog and also your invitation to link up. I hope my post is suitable.

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  63. Hello NC Sue, I am now following you on GFC & G+.

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  64. Several years ago I visited this area. We had taken a cruise. I enjoyed touring it again through your lens. Thanks so much for dropping by my place.

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  65. I really did like these...

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  66. Wonderful tour! And thanks for visiting my blog.

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  67. What an amazing history! I just read up on it at wikipedia.
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  68. oh wow, i love to visit places like this! thank you for linking!

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  69. What gorgeous photos of this place. I remember seeing the spot in #5 on a Bachelorette Season when they filled in San Juan.

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  70. Great photos! I've never been to Puerto Rico, but it's in my bucket list. Blessings!

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  71. Wow, they built those forts to last!!

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  72. I would love to walk around this place, and I think I have thanks to your photos. Great shots!

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  73. I love, love, love old historical sites. What a fun day you had! Thanks for sharing I really have fun reading about peoples adventures.

    Lisa @ LTTL

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