Castillo San Cristobal


Castillo San CristobalDo you want an adventurous path into the history of San Juan, Puerto Rico? Then you should without a doubt visit Castillo de San Cristóbal. Castillo de San Cristóbal is a fort which was built by Spain to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. Today, it is a San Juan National Historic Site, as it is the largest defense fort built by the Spanish in the New World.

Upon its completion in 1783, Castillo de San Cristóbal covers about 27 acres of amazing landscape that hugs the city of San Juan. In the colonial days to enter the city you had to pass through the fort’s large double gates. However, part of the fort was destroyed after a peace agreement to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city.

This fortress was built on a hill originally known as the Cerro de la Horca, but was later changed to Cerro de San Cristóbal in celebration of the Spanish victories over the English and Dutch. Explore the far-reaching tunnels that connect you to various sections of the fort and San Juan city. Tour the guardhouse, main plaza, and troops quarters, as you observe the artillery post built during World War II.

The real-life mortar shells tell the tale of exciting wars that this fort endured, while the highest point of the fort provides breathtaking views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Step unto the main plaza where the troops drill for combats and view the displays of old military clothing and the three flags which stand tall over this wonderful site. Also interesting to see are the cisterns below the main plaza which holds about 716, 000 gallons of rainwater.

The three flags at Castillo de San Cristóbal represent Puerto Rico, the United States and the Cross of Burgundy. In a captivating way, Castillo de San Cristóbal makes a great place that is well worth your visit, so be sure to explore this attractive fortress whilst on the island.