La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina, San Juan

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Built between 1533 and 1540 as a fortress, the World Heritage-listed La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina remains the home of Puerto Rico's governor and represents one of the oldest executive mansions in the Americas. Take a guided tour to see simply yet tastefully decorated rooms and halls. Walk through the luscious gardens, which feature mosaic decorations and vistas spreading across the harbor and the old walls. Our San Juan trip itinerary maker app makes visiting La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina and other San Juan attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Was working in Puerto Rico for a couple of weeks. Was able to go to Old San Juan and walk around. Went by La Fortaleza and loved the architecture and all of the flowers. Very beautiful.  more »
  • The fortress also known as Palacio de Santa Catalina, in honor of St. Catherine of Alexandria, was the first fortification built by the Spaniards to defend the city. Construction began in 1533 and was completed in 1540. Subsequently he was assigned to the Governor's housing. The first governor of Puerto Rico appointed by the Spanish crown in 1544 was Jerome Lebrón de Quiñones. Since then it has been the official residence of 152 governors: 124 under the Spanish regime, 19 under the American regime and 10 Puerto Ricans. About The Fortress fly three flags: Puerto Rico's, the United States' flags and the Governor's white. When the white flag is not hoisted it is because the representative is located outside the Palace of Santa Catalina.
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