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Walking Tour of Old San Juan
"9am - Meet guide in front of Senor Frogs 102 Calle Marina San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico First visit La Fortaleza (Governors house) The gate of San Juan
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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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San Juan Bay Day Sail
"Departing from San Juan Bay Marina in the heart of San Juan your captain will take you on the best sail you will experience. Start off with your first complimentary drink as we exit the dock and set sail. Take in the sights along the way as the boat crew point out interesting facts and landmarks of San Juan. where you will see the adjacent towns and harbor. Sail along the historic wall of El Morro Fort for a perfect photo opportunity. If weather permits we will sail out to the open ocean to catch a glimpse of the north coast of Puerto Rico for an exciting sa"""Discover San Juan Puerto Rico aboard a sailboat. Take in the panoramic views on this pleasure sightseeing tour of San Juan Bay and adjacent waters. Relax on a romantic sail with your loved one or have a fun getaway with a group of friends. Take a break from the city and stitle=Highlights&1=Choice+of+morning+or+afternoon+departure&2=Family+friendly&3=Get+inside+tips+from+a+local&4=Romantic+experience%2C+perfect+for+couples&5=Small+group+ensures+personal+service&6=Free+drinks+included&7=Informative%2C+friendly+and+professio
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El Capitolio Tips (4)

The Capital building

Home of the PR legislative branch. It sits between Old San Juan and Condado. It was built in 1921 after a contest to design the building. The building is known as the palace of laws to the local population.

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Jim_Eliason
Aug 08, 2016

El Capitolio - Puerto Rico's Capital Building

The Capitolio is Puerto Rico's Capitol building and is home to Puerto Rico's lawmakers. This impressive building was built on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The building houses both the Senate and the House of Representatives. All members of the house hold offices here in the annexed building to the Capitolio.

The beautiful Rotunda holds the original copy of the Constitution of Puerto Rico which was signed in 1952.

Admission is free with tours offered both in English and Spanish.

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Gypsystravels
Apr 20, 2015

Home of the Puerto Rican Legislative Assembly

El Capitolio de San Juan was built in the 1920s just outside of the old city, close to Fort San Cristobal. It was built in an effort to officialize the position of Puerto Rico as part of the American Commonwealth, and promote the political autonomy of the territory. Its design was influenced by the architecture of the Washington Capitol building, but inside the Capitolio, the history of Puerto Rico is reflected in every corner. Statues of the island's most influential politicians can be found, including that of Luis Muños Marin who was Governor of Puerto Rico for 16 years and a much beloved politician according to our guide.

Even though the dozens of policemen hovering around the Capitolio's main entrance might make it seem like it's off limits to visitors, people are welcome to tour around the central part of the building. When we walked in, a lady greeted us and invited us to take pictures inside the Capitolio. A few minutes later she joined us and gave us some information about the building. We learned that over 20 types of marble imported from all over the world were used in its construction, and that mosaics and gold leaves were used to decorate the dome so that it wouldn't be damaged by salt water the way paint would. She also described the different scenes depicted in the mosaics, from the arrival of Cristobal Colon, to the Spanish-American war and the abolishment of slavery on the island.

The Capitolio is open to visitors Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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Jefie
Feb 20, 2010

See PR Constitution and intricate dome painting!

On our way to Old San Juan, our cab driver who happened to be from New York said that we should visit the Capitolio built 1919 and see the ceiling which could rival the Sistine Chapel…hmmm, he seemed proud of this building which looked magnificent from outside and he said it was all made out of marble. So, we did go to it after lunch in Old San Juan.

And it is free to enter this building where the Legislative Assembly meets (House of Representatives and Senate). A lady guard and tour director greeted us and just asked where we were from and we said Arizona, and I think they kept a log.

She brought us under the dome and yes, the ceiling was magnificent – showcasing the history of Puerto Rico! And underneath the ceiling is the Constitution of Puerto Rico – the original one and you can see the whole document if you google it…but what is important is that this Archipelago is a Commonweath.

The lady also explained to us three sources of the marble, looks like it came from Italy, Spain? And the USA (3 states I think)…and there were three levels o explore.

We saw a painting gallery at the lower level which also has a cafeteria and the place is teeming with people in business suits because this is really a place for people who make the law. The third level gives a nice view of the constitution glassed cabinets from above.

Since this is a little far from the Plaza de Colon, tourists coming from the cruise ships miss it...and that is such a pity because this is a magnificent building! The entrance is also a bit diificult to find, and if you get to the wrong door...it is a long walk to the other door...but just enjoy the outside of the Capitolio as you look for the correct door. It is worth a visit.

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Jun 21, 2009
 
 
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Old San Juan

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Cathedral

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Capilla Del Cristo

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