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Around Old San Juan you'll find several tributes to Christopher Columbus who is credited with the island's "discovery" in 1493. This particularly lovely fountain and monument can be found in Plaza de Colon bounded by Calle Fortaleza and San Francisco Street. Originally named St. James Square, this square was given its present name in 1893 when the monument was erected to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the island. The statue of Columbus depicts him holding a flag in his left hand and a globe in the right. Some particularly finely wrought bronze plaques at the base of the monument illustrate important events in the life of Christopher Columbus.

At the outer edges of this plaza are many shade trees and seating for the people who gather here. Pictures of the statue taken from a different angle would show San Cristobal Castillo as a particularly fitting backdrop.

The plaza was lovely at dusk with lights in the surrounding streets just beginning to glow. The lovely building in the background is the subject of my next tip, the Casa Blanca Hotel.

Address: Plaza de Colon
Directions: The plaza is bound by Calle Fortaleza and San Francisco Street, only a few streets uphill from the waterfront.

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  • Updated Jan 20, 2016
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