Plazuela La Rogativa, San Juan

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Contemplate the 1797 British invasion of San Juan at Plazuela La Rogativa, which depicts local women and their bishop pleading to god to save their city during the naval blockade led by Sir Abercrombie. Built during 1971, the cluster of bronze statues, featuring three women and a bishop, stands 3.6 m (12 ft) tall and looks over San Juan Bay. During the 18th century, locals marched through the city carrying torches and bells, and singing hymns, which led British troops to believe that reinforcements had arrived. They then abandoned the city. Make Plazuela La Rogativa a part of your San Juan vacation plans using our San Juan trip app.
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  • The statue is very nice and commemorates a religious procession of days gone by. The view is beautiful, with the bay and the ocean. 
    The statue is very nice and commemorates a religious procession of days gone by. The view is beautiful, with the bay and the ocean.  more »
  • Beautiful spot overlooking the bay, with easy access to roads leading to El Morro fort, a nearby gate to the Paseo along the bay, and on of the safest spots in all of the Americas. It's right at the.....  more
    Beautiful spot overlooking the bay, with easy access to roads leading to El Morro fort, a nearby gate to the Paseo along the bay, and on of the safest spots in all of the Americas. It's right at the.....  more »
  • This statue commemorates the religious procession that used to take place in the city with the priests leading the way with the cross. It is a slightly modern statue and is in a lovely spot along... 
    This statue commemorates the religious procession that used to take place in the city with the priests leading the way with the cross. It is a slightly modern statue and is in a lovely spot along...  more »
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  • What an amazing structure that has truly stranded the test of time! Truly mesmerizing design, construction and vision from so many years ago! This is an absolute must visit on your stay in Puerto Rico! Even if you have to rent a car, it is completely worth the time and money. We didn't have nearly the time we needed to truly explore, so if you can be sure to plane enough time to at least walk through the old gate!
  • Gorgeous place for pictures, with somewhat creepy statue of religious figures. Great views looking out over San Juan harbor. Just imagine being here in the 1500's watching for British ships coming in to shoot cannon balls at you! Very close to the San Juan gate and the Fortaleza. A must see photo stop in old San Juan.
  • This small but hidden park is something many miss and don't even know the history behind this sculpture. The views are breathtaking when you make a stop here. Right up the block you can purchase a local treat called "Limbers or Piragua." They are icy treats, buy some and sit back and enjoy the scenic views. You also have a view of Puerta de San Juan. One of two main entrance to enter the city walls. Also a beautiful views of the bay. Plus Casa Blanca is also near for a tour. The following information below is from the internet and I don't take credit for it. My reason on sharing is to give information about this location. Pictures are my very own plus I added more information as well. The pictures are of the area close by. La Rogativa is a famous bronze statue located in the Plazuela de la Rogativa on Caleta de las Monjas near La Puerta de San Juan. Rogativa is a Spanish word derived from the verb "rogar" meaning to plea or to supplicate. A Rogativa is a large procession of people making a plea to God for His help. British troups, led by Sir Abercrombie, took control of the city by naval blockade on April 30, 1797. The desperate governor of San Juan ordered a "rogativa."  The women, led by the bishop, marched through the streets that night. They started at the Cathedral. They sang hymns, carried torches and bells, and prayed for their city’s deliverance. The British mistook the sights and sounds as evidence of the arrival of reinforcements. Considering themselves to be outnumbered, Abercrombie’s fleet abandoned the city promptly. There are four bronze statues commemorating this event in Plazuela de la Rogativa. This group of statues pays tribute to the efforts of the townspeople and their Bishop. Lindsay Daen of New Zealand completed the statue in 1971. It stands 12-feet high in front of an old sentry box and a beautiful view of San Juan Bay. Popular belief is Rogativa marks the birth of "puertorriqueñismo," or local patriotism because it was the first time local civilian islanders fought for their island. The artist apparently buried toys under the statue after his child died at an early age. If you enjoyed the review, hit like as well.
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  • Lovely street with amazing colonial houses in old town San Juan. Must visit.

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