Top Historical Monuments and Landmarks in San Juan

San Juan is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make San Juan one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. San Juan is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in San Juan or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of San Juan. Explore the historical monuments of San Juan with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this San Juan guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in San Juan page for the complete list of attractions and activities.

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  1. Old San Juan

    #1 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    Old San Juan

    Tags: History Museum, Historical Site, Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    Address: San Juan, 00919, Puerto Rico.

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A part of the city filled with history, Old San Juan is a reminder of the rich influence of the Spanish culture that has inhabited it from a long time. The city is characterized by its narrow, blue co...Read more

  2. San Juan National Historic Site

    #2 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    San Juan National Historic Site

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Fort

    Address: Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico.

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    San Juan was Spain’s prized possessions mainly because of the access it gave to trade routes in the Caribbean. Hence the Spaniards spent a lot of time fortifying the city. The national historic ...Read more

  3. Castillo De San Cristobal

    #3 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    Castillo De San Cristobal

    Tags: Historical Site, Monument, Tourist Center, Fort

    Address: Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico.

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Known as Fort San Cristobal, it is the largest fortification in San Juan and comes under one of the monuments of San Juan National Historical Site. Although the order to build it was given as far back...Read more

  4. Castillo San Felipe Del Morro

    #4 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    Castillo San Felipe Del Morro

    Tags: View Point, Castle, Historical Site, Monument

    Address: 501 Calle Norzagary, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico.

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Dedicated to King Philip II, the castle comes under one of the monuments of San Juan National Historical Site. Just as its counterpart on the north-eastern side del Morro too was a military fortress c...Read more

  5. San Juan Cathedral

    #5 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    San Juan Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Cathedral

    Address: 151 Calle del Cristo, San Juan, 00902, Puerto Rico.

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Also known as Catedral de San Juan Bautista, it is second oldest Cathedral in the Americas. Commissioned to be built in 1521 it was destroyed by a hurricane and later rebuilt and reshaped many times o...Read more

  6. San Juan Cemetery

    #6 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    San Juan Cemetery

    Tags: Art And Culture, Cemetery, Tourist Center, Architecture

    Address: San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, located in Old San Juan has a charm of its own. To its west is the del Morro and to the east is La Perla. The cemetery is divided into two parts, T...Read more

  7. Museo De Las Americas

    #7 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    Museo De Las Americas

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum, History Museum, Statue

    Address: Cll Beneficencia, San Juan, 00926, Puerto Rico

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Located in Old San Juan in an even older quarter in Ballaja the Museum occupies the second floor of this three storey building. It houses cover arts and exhibits from the Pre Columbian era explaining ...Read more

  8. Calle Del Cristo

    #8 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    Calle Del Cristo

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Restaurant, Tourist Center, Market

    Address: Calle del Cristo San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A cute cobblestoned street in Old San Juan, Calle del Cristo has it all. Shops, handicrafts, Souvenirs, clothing, accessories, restaurants, you name it they have it. The street starts at the northern ...Read more

  9. La Fortaleza

    #9 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    La Fortaleza

    Tags: Ancient Ruin, Tourist Center, Tower, Architecture

    Address: 63 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Puerto Rico is the first island that anyone would come across when on a voyage from Europe to America. It was captured by the Spaniards in the late 15th century and was their prized possession as it g...Read more

  10. Parque De Las Palomas

    #10 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    Parque De Las Palomas

    Tags: Amusement Park, Park, Tourist Center, Leisure

    Address: Calle del Cristo, by the City Wall, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a nice relaxing place to enjoy the view as well as for the sheer pleasure of feeding the pigeons. The park is right next to a chapel. Not much is left of it but ruins. However according to a l...Read more

  11. Museo De Casa Blanca

    #11 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    Museo De Casa Blanca

    Tags: Art And Culture, View Point, Historical Site, Tourist Center

    Address: Calle San Sebastian 1 | Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    Casa Blanca or the ‘White House’ was the first building built in 1521. It was built as a house for Ponce de Leon but he died before it could be completed. His descendants stayed till the 1...Read more

  12. La Rogativa

    #12 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    La Rogativa

    Tags: Art And Culture, Historical Site, Statue, Tourist Center

    Address: Up on Hill Past San Juan Gate on the Paseo Del Morro Side, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    La Rogativa is a famous bronze statue located near La Puerta. Four in number, it was completed in 1971 by an artist named Lindsay Dean. Each of them are about 12 ft. tall standing in an old sentry box...Read more

  13. Fort San Jeronimo

    #13 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    Fort San Jeronimo

    Tags: Art And Culture, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Architecture

    Address: Calle Rosales | East of the Caribe Hilton, at the entrance to Condado Bay, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Built in 1609 the Jeronimo fort served as a great fortification on the eastern side of the city. In 1797 the English forces attacked the fort with about 60 ship. Under the leadership of the then Lt. C...Read more

  14. Plaza De San Jose

    #14 of 14 Historical Places in San Juan
    Plaza De San Jose

    Tags: Landmark, Statue

    Address: Corner of Calles Cristo & San Sebasti√°n, San Juan, PR 00902, Puerto Rico

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Formerly known as the Santo Domingo Square, the Plaza De San Jose was built during the 16th century and it kept its rural charm till the 19th century. Located by the San Jose Church, the Plaza De San ...Read more

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