It’s a long, hot, unshaded walk from the cemetery to Castillo San Felipe del Morro, which lies on the northwestern-most point of Old San Juan. Its construction began in 1539 when King Charles V of Spain authorized its construction, including the surrounding walls. The purpose was to defend the port of San Juan. Today over two million visitors a year explore the windswept ramparts and passageways making the castillo one of Puerto Rico’s main visitor attractions.
On our way to the castillo, we explore its expansive esplanade, offering some remarkable views. After exploring the castillo, we head to lunch and then catch a few last shots of Old San Juan, including Casa Blanca, the ancestral home of Ponce de Leon’s descendants for 250 years. It also served as the first military structure on the island–built of stone, it was used as a fort during Puerto Rico’s infancy.
Photos taken March 2012 (Nikon D7000).
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