San Juan – Palacio de Santa Catalina

La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina grounds and fountainsTwo years have already passed, but it recently occurred to me I never posted about one of my favorite Old San Juan walks: a $3 tour of La Fortaleza – Palacio de Santa Catalina (aka the Governor’s house). It was built between 1533 and 1540, and, according to Viator, is the the “oldest functioning executive mansion in the Western Hemisphere.”

The house doesn’t have the normal gloss of an official residence–instead the structure and grounds offer sumptuous blooms, palm trees, and ceramics (not to mention a view of the bay).

La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina view of the water

La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina grounds and fountains

La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina - mansion

La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina - palm trees

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4 comments

  1. Emmy · February 26, 2015

    Gorgeous. As close to paradise as makes no difference.

    • ebenbow · February 26, 2015

      Yes, historical and paradisiacal together are a wonderful pairing. 🙂

  2. Stacey Han · February 26, 2015

    Absolutely gorgeous, Edes! I’m just taking in the beauty – rain or shine 🙂

    • ebenbow · February 26, 2015

      Thank you, Stace! Spoken like a true Northwesterner. 😉

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