Cobblestones, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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    Old San Juan (Spanish: Viejo San Juan) is the oldest settlement within the territory of the United States and it is the historic colonial section of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Old San Juan is located on a small island connected to the mainland of Puerto Rico by bridges and a causeway.

    The city is characterized by its narrow cobblestone streets and colorful buildings which date back to the 16th and 17th century when Puerto Rico was a Spanish possession.

    The district is also characterized by numerous public plazas and churches including the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, which contains the tomb of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León. It also houses the most ancient Catholic school for Elementary education in Puerto Rico, the Colegio de Párvulos, built in 1865. With its abundance of shops, historic places, museums, open air cafés, restaurants, gracious homes, tree-shaded “plazas”, and its old beauty and architectonical peculiarity, “Old San Juan” is a main spot for local and internal tourism. A free Tourist trolley serves the city.

    The oldest parts of the district of Old San Juan remain partly enclosed by massive walls. Several defensive structures and notable forts, such as the emblematic Fort San Felipe del Morro, Fort San Cristóbal, and El Palacio de Santa Catalina, also known as La Fortaleza, acted as the primary defenses of the settlement which was subjected to numerous attacks. La Fortaleza continues to serve also as the executive mansion for the Governor of Puerto Rico.

    Many of the historic fortifications are part of San Juan National Historic Site.

    Old San Juan along with La Fortaleza were declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1983.


    HerRingA, Irishstones, blamb21, and 30 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. JM Clark Photography (jamecl99) 81 months ago | reply

      I like the blue tones of the stones.

    2. Nausheyn 81 months ago | reply

      "In restless dreams I walked alone
      Narrow streets of cobblestone" - Simon & Garfunkel

      i agree with jamecl99. cool colors. =)

    3. HerRingA 81 months ago | reply

      I LOVE this photo! Colors, texture, composition and the fact that these are cobblestones...and I even love those small yellow dots of color or whatever it is :)

    4. ithicala [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      also this.

    5. flintstones80 74 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Brick Streets, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. sotovsoto 68 months ago | reply

      Recuerdo cuando caminaba sobre esos adoquines. ! Que bella fotografia!

    7. Arjen Bos 61 months ago | reply

      The stones were produced in the Netherlands

    8. sammy1704 50 months ago | reply

      These Cobblestones can be used to pave roads, they are often kept at historic areas because they were used in the 19th century, and they are put on buildings. Paris, France has a whole section of cobblestone buildings.

      sam pj. 8th Ms. Pike

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