Puerto rico 16th century architecture

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Puerto Rico was discovered in November 19, 1493 by Christopher Columbus. First named San Juan Bautista, in 1521 after Juan Ponce de Leon (a soldier who later on became the first governor of theisland) moves the original settlement in Caparra to a peninsula where they would call it Puerto Rico. Overtime this peninsula became known as San Juan.
San Juan is the second oldest Spanish colonialcity in the New World, only 7 square-blocks, narrow streets and cobblestones paving the streets (brought as ballast in Spanish ships.) San Juan Houses include inner patios and courtyards, overhangingbalconies, and religious shrines and is said to be home to over 400 historic sites ranging from classic architecture, colonial buildings and old military power.
Puerto Rico houses some of the mostinteresting 16th and 19th century architecture in the Caribbean and indeed, in the United States. Here you can find Spanish colonial, neo-classical, medieval-style and baroque architecture in closeproximity to one another. There is even an example of true Gothic architecture in the San José Church which was built in the 16th century.La Fortaleza
The oldest executive mansion in the new world was built between 1533 and 1540 by the Spanish military to defend the harbor against CaribIndian raids. La Fortaleza formally known as one of the bastions and the first fortification built in San Juan harbor. The inside of the building contains a museum displaying the aristocratic life ofPuerto Rico. The inner courtyard is full of colonial memories.

San Felipe Del Morro
Located inOld San Juan “La Ciudad Amurallada”, nicknamed “El Morro” and constructed in the sixteen–century by Spaniards . Using sandstone, lime, sand and brick as material, construction began in 1539 and...
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