Old Meets new in San Juan
Old meets new inSan Juan, Puerto Rico. At one time San Juan was a walled city. Entry was gained through giant doors along San Juan Bay. Today much of the wall is gone, but many of the old buildings remain. Beyond these reminders of the past skyscrapers define the new San Juan. Front and center is La Fortaleza, built in 1533 to protect the city from attack. It was occupied twice, once by the British in 1598 and again by the Dutch in 1625. Once El Morro and the city’s other fortifications became adequate to protect the city the fortress became the governor’s palace. The building today has little resemblance to the original small fort it once was.