East Old San Juan Walking Tour (Self Guided), San Juan

East Old San Juan is a popular tourist area that is home to several interesting historical sites, including Castillo de San Cristóbal, El Capitolio, Casa De España and Monumento de la Recordación Take the following tour to discover the fascinating attractions located in Old San Juan’s east end!
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East Old San Juan Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: East Old San Juan Walking Tour
Guide Location: Puerto Rico » San Juan (See other walking tours in San Juan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: leticia
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Museo de Armas

1) Museo de Armas

Museo de Armas is a small museum dedicated to military paraphernalia. This captivating museum will surprise you with its outstanding collection of old weapons and other interesting military equipment. It is closed on weekends.
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Santiago Iglesias Pantin Monument

2) Santiago Iglesias Pantin Monument

Located on Ponce de León Avenue, across the street from the old School of Tropical Medicine, this monument is dedicated to Santiago Iglesias Pantin, one of the most important and influential political figures in Puerto Rican history.
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Monumento de la Recordación

3) Monumento de la Recordación

In front of the beautiful El Capitolio you will see Monumento de la Recordación. El Monumento de la Recordación is a memorial monument and monolith erected in San Juan, Puerto Rico that honors Puerto Ricans who have fallen in combat in service of the United States armed forces. The monument was unveiled on May 19, 1996 as a granite wall in semicircular shape engraved with the names of those Puerto Rican soldiers that have fallen in war. As of today the monument is etched with the names of more than 2,000 service members
Sight description based on wikipedia
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El Capitolio

4) El Capitolio (must see)

El Capitolio was built on a hill near Castillo de San Cristóbal in the 1920s. Its architecture is reminiscent of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Puerto Rico’s rich history is represented inside through various statues of its most important politicians. The building is home to the bicameral Legislative Assembly, composed of the House of Representatives and Senate. The building is located in the Puerta de Tierra sector of San Juan.

The Architecture and Construction Archives at the University of Puerto Rico (AACUPR) is the custodian of the Capitol of Puerto Rico Collection (1924-1926). Approximately eight cubic feet in size, the collection contains architectural drawings, photographs and textual documents. The original drawings, executed in ink over drawing cloth, were produced by the Department of the Interior under the supervision of Puerto Rican architect Rafael Carmoega. The 28 originals and 38 blue prints show plans, elevations, sections as well as electrical and plumbing distribution.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Casa de España

5) Casa de España

Casa de España is a beautiful historic building located on Ponce de León Avenue, near El Capitolio. Built in 1932 and designed by the famous Puerto Rican architect, Pedro de Castro, it serves as a private civic and cultural association dedicated to Puerto Rico’s Spanish heritage. Although it is named "Casa", it has never been a dwelling place for a family; rather it is a "house" whose members claim common ancestry. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It is not open to the public, but private affairs may be arranged.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fort San Cristóbal

6) Fort San Cristóbal (must see)

Castillo de San Cristóbal was built by Spain as protection against land attacks on San Juan. It is listed as a 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. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal's double gates. After a period of relative peace, about a third of it was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the city. Nowadays guided tours by park personnel are available. You can visit the extensive tunnel system connecting the various sections of the fort or see the historic weapons firing drill, and the artillery observation post built by the U.S. Army during World War II. An exhibition of military clothing is also available, and also real 200-pound mortar shells.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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San Juan de Bautista Statue

7) San Juan de Bautista Statue

The statue of San Juan de Bautista is located near the beautiful El Capitolio and historical Castillo de San Cristóbal. This statue is dedicated to John the Baptist, an itinerant preacher and prominent historical religious figure after whom the city was named.

Walking Tours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Juan is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old San Juan Orientation Walk

Old San Juan Orientation Walk

San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is a lovely historic city with a wealth of colorful Spanish colonial architecture. The most notable landmarks include 16th-century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses, rising above the ocean, and the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade. To explore San Juan's most prominent sights, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave San Juan without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Juan, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
East San Juan Walking Tour

East San Juan Walking Tour

East San Juan contains many great attractions, including San Gerónimo Fort, Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera, beautiful statues and the best art galleries and museums. Take the following tour to discover the most interesting places in San Juan's east end!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
San Juan Art Museums And Galleries Walking Tour

San Juan Art Museums And Galleries Walking Tour

San Juan is a great place to learn more about American, Caribbean, Latin American and Puerto Rican art. It has a vast range of interesting museums and excellent galleries, featuring fine works by talented international and local artists. Check out San Juan’s most popular and outstanding art museums and galleries in this walking tour!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Old San Juan Squares Self-Guided Tour

Old San Juan Squares Self-Guided Tour

Old San Juan is packed with historical places, among which are the city’s old squares. Many of them house beautiful fountains, prominent monuments and wonderful sculptures which depict the rich history of this amazing city. Check out San Juan’s most popular historical squares in the next self-guided tour!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
San Juan Historic Buildings Self-Guided Tour

San Juan Historic Buildings Self-Guided Tour

San Juan proudly features the country’s oldest quarters and historic buildings. In addition to containing the oldest occupied residence in the Western Hemisphere, visitors can also admire the old City Hall, the Cristo Chapel, Convento de los Dominicos, historic El Arsenal and many other fascinating attractions. Take the following tour to see the most popular and famous historic buildings in San...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

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