Plaza De Armas, San Juan
Probably so named because it was the sight of parading Spanish troops during the Spanish-American War, we came upon Plaza de Armas on this beautiful, bright day to find it already decorated in November for Christmas--notice the big tree in the accompanying picture!! This park-like plaza is a gathering spot for humans and pigeons by the hundreds. The humans flock to benches under trees offering a shady spot for repose and the pigeons flock to a delapidated gazebo there. I remember sitting around what I thought I remember as a fountain back in the 1980's. I think that is where the decorated Christmas tree now stands in the Plaza. The space seems much greener now. A fixture in the plaza is the "nameless" coffee bar which is always open and serves up a strong espresso to anyone who wanders up.
in this place there is always activity... people speaking or singing and playing... but we come back to feed the billions of pigeons who will eat from your hand, and watch people go by... last time we visited we watched as a team of firefighters picked up a small car out of the way of the firetruck that was trying to get through (old San Juan has VERY narrow cobblestone streets)
This is the official Center of Old San Juan and you can still see many people congregating here. In the middle is the Fountain of 4 Seasons, each statue representing one of the 4 seasons. The square is particularlly lively on Sundays when people come to sell homemade foods, trinkets, and quite a varitey of caged pet birds.
Plaza de Armas or "Arms Square", is
Old San Juan's main square, on San
Jose Street. Features four statues
representing the four seasons; all are
over 100 years old. It was carefully
planned as the main city square and
has served as a social meeting place