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Fountain of Youth Tour of Old San Juan
"Discover San Juan’s most photogenic places (one of the most photographed cities in the World) through the lens with this 2-hour tour led by writer David Rodriguez in the old historic part of San Juan. As you journey through the Historic District you will walk along cobblestone paved streets beneath old Spanish-balconies and experience the “Old City” with her stately mansions beautiful squares romantic spots and abundance of colors.Discover the burial site of Ponce de Leon ""The Fountain of Youth""
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Fountain of Youth Tour of Old San Juan
"Discover San Juan’s most photogenic places (one of the most photographed cities in the World) through the lens with this 2-hour tour led by writer David Rodriguez in the old historic part of San Juan. As you journey through the Historic District you will walk along cobblestone paved streets beneath old Spanish-balconies and experience the “Old City” with her stately mansions beautiful squares romantic spots and abundance of colors.Discover the burial site of Ponce de Leon ""The Fountain of Youth""
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Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour
"There is a magical feeling to the area of Old San Juan and your first thought may be that you are not in the United States. There seems to be nothing that looks as old or has the history on the mainland as you will see in Old San Juan. Founded in 1521 this part of the city of San Juan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a US Historic Zone. Your walk begins at the water's edge and follows the city wall where the view is spectacular and the past comes alive. There are over 400 well-preserved buildings in the old city that date back to its inception. The architecture is incredible and you will feel as if you are in Europe with cobblestone streets and buildings sitting side by side. Most of the old city will remind you of its history as a military stronghold but much of this area has now been modified to house attractions for tourism. Cafes small shops great gardens and courtyards abound. The former barracks now house the Museo de Las Americas and has a collection of Latin American Folk Art. Some of the religious structures spread throughout the area such as the San Juan Cathedral seem to be both Gothi San Juan Cathedral and many more historical places. And you will learn where to find other points of interest that you can return to and explore in greater detail.Some sights you'll see include San Juan Gate
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Alcaldia - City Hall Tips (3)

Casa del Ayuntamiento & Plaza de Armas

Like the Capitolio, the San Juan City Hall is open to all visitors from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Located on the Plaza de Armas in a beautiful building dating back to the 17th century, the Alcadia frequently showcases small art exhibits that are accessible free of charge. Visitors can walk around the building on their own, which includes a really nice inner courtyard. Also, don't miss the back of the building (on calle San Francisco), it allows you to see the different types of architecture that were used in the design of the Alcadia.

As for the Plaza de Armas, although it was designed and is still described as San Juan's main plaza, it is fairly small and there isn't that much action going on (although we did enjoy watching two little girls feed the pigeons). There is a small fountain with four figures representing the four seasons, but it wasn't running when we were there. Also, it isn't necessarily surrounded by nice-looking buildings, the way most plazas are. The San Juan City Hall is by far the most interesting building in the area.

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Feb 20, 2010

San Juan City Hall ~ Casa Alcaldia

Facing the Plaza de Armas is San Juan's City Hall called "Casa Alcaldia." Built in stages from 1602 to 1789, with symmetrical towers separated by arched colonnades, and an interior courtyard; Alcaldia's current architecture, which is the result of extensive renovations completed in 1841, is based on and was meant to be an exact copy of the City Hall in Madrid, Spain.

Also located within Alcaldia is an information center and art gallery space which hosts rotating exhibitions. It is possible that short tours can be scheduled by calling or stopping in Alcaldia, although apparently only certain spaces might be available for viewing. [We encountered a similar situation in Lima, Peru, at a beautiful city hall building -- although there were no tours available, we were invited to have a look around at the architecture and artwork in the common areas.]

Hours are 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday.

While continuing your tour of Old San Juan, take a minute to notice what is underfoot.

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starship
Jan 20, 2016

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 historical and government buildings line the plaza.

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Aug 07, 2016
 
 
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Things to Do Near Alcaldia - City Hall

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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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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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Capilla del Cristo

This Chapel built in 16th century has a few interesting stories surrounding its history and those stories conflict wildly except on one point. Someone on horseback took a terrible spill off the...
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