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La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

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Address: Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: +1 787-721-7000
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Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room...

Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room mansion completed in 1540 that was used to defend against foreign invaders.

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Walking Tour of Old San Juan
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US$95.00*
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Old San Juan Sunset Sail
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Old San Juan Harbor Sail

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OLD building with quite a story

seems it's been around since like 1523 and everybody has lived there. it looks to be in great shape. we plan on returning tomorrow for a 'free' tour.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

seems it's been around since like 1523 and everybody has lived there. it looks to be in great shape. we plan on returning tomorrow for a 'free' tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Live music Friday nights... Actually all the plazas in OSJ have live music. It is a great way to start your weekend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

You need to buy your entrance ticket at a building outside of the fortaleza itself. The tour is guided through some beautifully furnished rooms. Well worth the time to visit this lovely place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The Governor's Official Residence is the original Fort of San Juan, replaced by El Morro at the entrance to the harbor. Truly a fascinating slice of history that is still in vibrant use today. (The current Governor's two sons soccer net in the courtyard is an example of this). The flower and vegetable gardens offer a glimpse of Puerto Rican... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The tour of La Fortaleza was definitely more interesting than I anticipated. You get to go around the home and fortress of many government officials throughout the years. It offers a rare opportunity to see inside La Fortaleza and I would really recommend it. Just be sure to get there with enough time because they only let a certain number... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This Mansion which is the home of the governor of Puerto Rico is simply a stunning piece of architecture. With original paintings and artifacts this is truly a gem of the island. Tours are daily and free. Be sure arrive 15 minutes early cause they only take small groups of people. Note: be sure to have your identification cause they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is the oldest Executive Mansion in America. Since Spain used to be the metropolis of Puerto Rico, La Fortaleza had been the house and office of all governors of Puerto Rico.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I loved the city. The historic part of the city, downtown has several attractions. It is nice walking. Capitol, Forts, Stores and more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

this is a great tour of the governor's mansion. walking in the gardens with spectacular views. dungeons were the Spaniards hid the gold etc amanzing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

My fiance and I took the free tour of the Governor's Home, La Fortaleza and our guide was great... You do not get to go inside but they take you to the courtyard, the gardens, etc. and provide a nice history! There is an office on the street of the main entrance where you can show up for the tours.... More 

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