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Favorite thing Since I was a child I had always wondered about these "blue brick streets" and while on my last visit to Old San Juan I asked my mom. Mom told me that the cobble stoned streets in Old San Juan are paved with these beautiful blue stones called adoquines. They are blue stone cast from furnace slag which were brought over on Spanish ships as ballasts. The characteristic blue color comes from age and moisture.

Becuase of their age, the Adoquines you will see around Old San Juan are cracked, faded and worn down due to high automobile traffic and foot traffic. What a shame as these streets are part of a long Puerto Rican Heritage and they should be preserved by the closure of streets to automobile traffic.

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Old San Juan

Sandwiched between La Perla Barrio and San Cristobal this cemetery is considered one of the most picturesque of burial grounds anywhere. The cemetery is particularly noteworthy for its elaborate...
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Alcaldia - City Hall

The City hall sits on the Plaza de Armas next to Puerto Rico's version of the state department. The Alcalde dates from the 17th century with it taking its current shape in 1789. Numerous other...
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La Fortaleza

This is the Governor's Palace and is also known as the La Fortaleza. it was built in 1533 and is the oldest executive mansion in the world. It still serves as the governor's residence today. It sits...
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Plaza De Armas

The Plaza de Armas is one of Old San Juan's main plazas or squares where people gather or relax in during various times of the day. The "Topuertorico.org" website states that "It was carefully planned...
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Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral, or formally the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, is the final resting place of Ponce De Leon. admission is $1. The original cathedral was built in 1521, the current structure...
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Capilla Del Cristo

This old church was built centuries ago. The legend behind it is that a young man on horseback plunged over the cliff that this church is located on. During his descent he prayed to one of the...
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