Castillo de San Cristbal, San Juan (Puerto Rico)

Castillo San Cristbal is a fortress in San Juan Puerto Rico. It was built by the Spanish to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. It is part of San Juan National Historic Site. Castillo San Cristbal is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. When it was finished in 1783 it covered about 27 acres of land and partly encircled the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristbals double gates. After close to a hundred years of relative peace in the area part of the fortification was demolished in 1897 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 or the Cerro del Quemadero changed to Cerro de San Cristbal in celebration of the Spanish victories ejecting English and Dutch interlopers from the island of this name in the Lesser Antilles. At the time it hen formed part of the insular territorial glacis of Puerto Rico. Castillo de San Cristbal also contains five cisterns that were used for the storage of water during the ages of the Spanish Colony. They are extremely large and were used as bomb shelters during World War II.

Calle Norzagaray 501 San Juan Puerto Rico 00901 Puerto Rico
18.46747 -66.11124

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