With a history that dates back 500 years, this stone structure truly deserves its place of honor in the National Historic ... More
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
With a history that dates back 500 years, this stone structure truly deserves its place of honor in the National Historic Register. The English and the Dutch attacked El Morro or Castillo San Felipe del Morro repeatedly in its time. Located on the San Juan Bay, the six-story fort was originally constructed in 1540, although its exterior walls were not erected for another 200 years. Inside the walls is a veritable labyrinth of chambers, barracks, hallways and prison cells. The fort was given a complete facelift in 1992.
This was the second time we were in San Juan and we had viewed the Fort from a distance on our first trip, but this was the first time to explore the Fort. We were totally awestruck by the structure and Old San Jaun. We walked from San Juan Bay and made our way to the castle where we spent almost the entire day wandering through this magnificent structure. What a wonderfully preserved piece of history! Like one of the other reviewers, we took more pictures of the Fort than of any other part of our trip. Don't rush yourself, but enjoy a day of exploring true history as you visit the Fort and it's commanding views of the ocean and city. You won't be disappointed! This truly is a "Must See" and we are already planning our next visit.
this is a must see. It is a massive infrastructure that dates back more than 5hundred years ago. It withstood several attackers by intruders trying to take over the island of puerto rico. Just to think how old it is, when you are exactely standing in it or around it is just one of the best feelings you could ever have.
I visited El Morro while on a cruise with Royal Carribean. The castle was so different from what I was used to seeing in Florida. It was almost like the quaint fortifications went all through the city of San Juan. I very much enjoyed visiting El Morro and San Juan.
Every summer I go to P.R. and the first place I want to visit is El Morro. I've been there four times and it never gets old. The views are magnificent, and it makes for a great destination if you like the ocean and want to take lots of pictures.
I was never interested in history until my family took a trip to Puerto Rico for a cruise. We spent the day milling around Old San Juan and then went to the fort. I was amazed. This place is so beautiful. You really got a sense of what it was like for people back when the fort was being used for battle. I took more pictures of the fort than I did for my entire cruise! :) I just loved every part of it! I will be going back in 58 days and can't wait to visit the fort again! Yay!
El Morro is only one of the added pleasures of Puerto Rico. El Morro is very historic and greatly preserved. If you choose to take a tour, the tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly. However, taking your own tour of El Morro is just as great and their are staff that are willing to answer your questions!!
The day that I visited El Morro it was free, in fact all public facilities were free on that day. If it was not free, I would have paid to walk around this historic site. This was the first time my boyfriend visited Puerto Rico, I am half Puerto Rican, so he enjoyed every day of our trip.
I liked the structure and the history of the place. The guided tour helped a lot with the videos and answering questions. I think that all families should go and see the last fortified city in the world.