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The Castillo de San Cristóbal is a Spanish fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built by Spain to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. It is part of San Juan National Historic Site.

Castillo de San Cristóbal is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. When it was finished in 1783, it covered about 27 acres of land and basically wrapped around the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal's double gates. After close to one hundred years of relative peace in the area, part of the fortification (about a third) was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city.

This fortress was built on a hill originally known as the Cerro de la Horca or the Cerro del Quemadero, which was changed to Cerro de San Cristóbal in celebration of the Spanish victories ejecting English and Dutch interlopers from the island of this name in the Lesser Antilles, then forming part of the insular territorial glacis of Puerto Rico.

9 responses

  • Rob Linsalata

    Rob Linsalata gave props (8 Jun 2014):

    And yet, its soft geometry looks so peaceful... beautiful tones, textures and composition.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (8 Jun 2014):

    Wonderful architectural image.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (8 Jun 2014):

    Wonderful !

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (8 Jun 2014):

    Picture Perfect, outstanding image, well done.

  • A Lan

    A Lan gave props (17 Sep 2014):

    great composition

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (11 Feb 2015):

    Congrats for inspiring JPG for the theme! Great shot!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Sep 2017):

    Excellent shot and narrative ... Congrats for the JPG spotlight!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Sep 2017):

    Back to vote!!!

  • Ashley van Dyck

    Ashley van Dyck said (26 Nov 2017):

    nice work, really satisfying symmetry, I love it.

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