San Cristobal Fort, San Juan

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    San Cristobal fort

    by Dabs Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    We had visited El Morro, the other fort in old San Juan, on our last visit so this time we headed to San Cristobal which was free for the day in honor of Martin Luther King Day. We just missed a ranger guided tour of the tunnels but caught the tail end of it, try to plan your visit for one of these because he seemed like a really good guide.

    If you don't hit one of the guided tours, you are free to wander around the fort where you will find plenty of signs telling you what the various areas of the fort were used for and why San Juan even needed a fort at all.

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    An Old Fort

    by seagoingJLW Written Jan 1, 2005

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    We walked through Fort San Cristobal. It was similar to the fort in Acapulco. This is one of the largest fortresses ever built in the Americas. built in 1634, the fort was redesigned in the 19th century. It is attached to El Morro by walls filled with cannon firing positions.

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    Castillo de San Cristobal

    by al_mary Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    Castillo de San Cristobal is El Morro's
    partner in the city's defense.
    Built in 1634 (completed in 1771), was
    considered the Gibraltar of the West Indies.
    San Cristóbal was supported by a massive
    system of outworks which provided defense
    in depth and is is one of the largest defenses
    ever built in the Americas.
    It rose 150 feet, covering 27 acres of land.
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    As if its size and height weren't sufficient to intimidate enemies,
    its intricate modular design was sure to foil them.

    A strategic masterpiece, it features five independent units, each
    connected by moat and tunnel, each fully self sufficient should
    the others fall.

    It's a World Heritage and National Historic Site, administered
    by the U.S. National Park Service.

    Open daily from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.

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    Tunnel vision

    by chodearm Updated Jul 17, 2006

    Its only 10:28, its Monday and the heat outside is engulfing my psyche. The TV warns to veer away from alcohol and caffeine but instead I indulge on both. I drank a 2004 Chateau du Trignon Cotes du Rhone, and I wish my vision was more tunneled on the post-drink side but it is not. I am contemplating walking downstairs to grab a sixer and hope for anything in the perriferal to disappear. The ladies in the house Yuki and Jackie are practicing the Hawaiian slang. I need to go to the bodega. Someone give me a direct tunnel to the counter with beer in hand. I ask....please.

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    Not quite as big as El Morro, but impressive

    by mikeayers Written Apr 22, 2005

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    You can easily see El Morro and San Cristobal in the same afternoon. It's right along the northern part of Old San Juan.

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    San Cristobal Fort

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Feb 22, 2005

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    This fort was built after El Morro and San Juan was succesfully captured via a land invasion from Condado. This fort is huge!

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    Going back in time.

    by crazygal59 Written Feb 10, 2007

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    Make sure you visit this fort with it's many corriders and rooms filled with old photos and costumes etc.

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