Interesting Places I've Photographed
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Topic: National Historical Site
GPS: N18° 28.250; W066° 07.451
El Morro is part of the San Juan National Historical Site. It guards the west end of Old San Juan, PR
Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) is called the Gibraltar of the Caribbean. It was build on the western tip of the island that guards the entrance to San Juan harbor. It, together with Castillo San Cristobal, was part of the walled city that constituted the third line of defense against enemy entry. The area within the walled city is now called Old San Juan. The fortifications were built by the Spanish over a span of 250 years beginning in 1539. Spain considered Puerto Rico and the port of San Juan to be the key to maintaining their presence in the New World.