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Puerta De San Juan, San Juan

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Step back in time and enter the city through the historic Puerta De San Juan, the last remaining of the six gates that once served as entrances through the old town’s protective walls. Observe the thickness of the wall as you pass through the gate, and witness the beautiful, romantic town open up before you. Try a refreshing "piragua," a popular local drink, from one of the street vendors, and stroll the cobbled streets, observing beautiful architecture of this World Heritage Site. To visit Puerta De San Juan on your trip to San Juan, use our San Juan itinerary planner.
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  • Gate is the only on remaining of the six original gates to enter the city of Old San Juan. Appears to be recently remolded s looks a bit out of place. Great walking path along side the water and well ...  more »
  • It is a huge and beautiful door, that one finds it at the end of the promenade of the princesses. For many years was the main entrance to the city, took place official ceremonies of welcome to the new rulers and bishops who came to take possession of the new charges.
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  • This was a great piece of history. Enjoyed reading the info plaques along the way. A very nice walk also  more »
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  • Old San San Juan was a completely walled city back in Spanish colonial times. There were 7 gates through the walls that protected the city. The San Juan gate is the only remaining one out of the 7. Its a great place to start or end your walk in the "Paseo de la Princesa" in Old San Juan. From here you can now also walk over to the San Felipe del Morro fort.
  • Beautiful and historic! Watch for Pelicans hanging out in the trees nearby, plus the lovely statue of Queen Isabela tucked nearby, by a huge strangler fig tree. If you go through the gate into the city, to your right will be a secluded and charming fountain area.
  • Fun place to see. Notice the statue of the queen hidden in the left corner as your enter (towards the sea). There used to be many more of these gates (in the wall that used to surround old san juan) but most of that wall was torn down as the city expanded.
  • Awesome and historic! Really nice experience to visit this area and walk through this huge door and entrance. From here you see the bay and a portion of the walls of the El Morro.
  • In the old times the gate was for important visitors. The street behind leads to the cathedral where the travelers could thank god for they safe journey. I liked the place around dusk. There is a good light to take pictures. No fee to visit it. So if you walk around old San Juan you should walk trough the gate.