Historical Places

San Cristóbal Fort

Completed in 1771, this castle was designed to protect the city from land invasions.

Description from the publisher

The Castillo de San Cristobal is the largest fortification ever built by the Spanish in the New World. Declared a World Heritage site in 1983, this massive fortification which covers 27 acres is the place where the first shots of the Spanish-American War on Puerto Rican soil occurred at this sprawling fort. The intricate castle-like structure, featuring five units connected by moats and tunnels, sprawls over 27 coastal acres. Visitors can explore creepy dungeons, ancient soldier barracks and military-based exhibits throughout the fort's history-rich nooks and crannies. The Experience Allow an hour at the very least to properly explore the grounds. Ranger tours are available twice a day, but a detailed map outlines an easy-to-follow and informative self-guided tour. Perhaps the biggest draw, the stunning views from the upper battlements feature Old San Juan's cityscape and the expansive Atlantic. Peer down at the rocky shore from behind a massive cannon, and you can almost imagine the bloodshed that once soaked these storied battlegrounds.

How to get there

The San Cristobal Castle is located right next to the El Morro attraction.

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