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"Between Showers" San Cristobal Fort Tip by grandmaR

San Cristobal Fort, San Juan: 22 reviews and 77 photos

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I wanted to see both El Moro (because it is a lighthouse) and Fort San Cristóbal which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a U.S. National Park Service site. But since the fort is open only until 1700 in the winter, I was pretty sure we couldn't do both forts and the rain forest if the ship didn't dock until noon. Thanks to Hurricane Wilma, we came in early and were able to get to the El Yunque and back before the fort closed.

Fort Cristobal was built (began in 1634 and completed in 1771) to protect the city from the land side. Built on San Cristobal Hill (hence the name), the fort is the considered one of the largest Spanish fortifications in the New World. We went up in an elevator and the walked up a long tunnel. We saw the guns, and the cisterns in the central courtyard and Marian showed us the scale model of the fort, and the reconstructed area where the soldiers lived.

We didn't go down into the dungeons, and I didn't climb up on top of the fort walls and neither did Bob. We did see the chapel to Santa Barbara where the soldiers prayed before they went into battle. It started to rain really hard. Up to now, we had dodged the rain - it rained early before we got off the ship, and it didn't rain until after we left the rain forest, but there was a brief hard shower now.

Address: Norzagaray Street, San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (787) 729-6777

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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