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Del Valle Ave. 1829
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This park is the best and most instructive on the island. Over seven themes greet and awe both children and adults. They present exhibitions on cars, art, hunting, as well as several other themes. There is also an excellent zoo on the premises. This makes for a very entertaining and fun day trip with the kids; the park even has a fully functioning planetarium as part of its facilities. There are also several cafeterias located in the area.
Refurbished in 1992, in time for the celebration of Columbus' discovery of the Americas in 1492, the Cuartel de Ballajá was once a military barracks. Today, it houses the Museum of the Americas where crafts and other exhibits detail the cultures of the Americas. Exquisite colonial architecture provides a handsome backdrop for the cultural events often celebrated in the building's central patio. Admission is free.
Located in the southern tip of Old San Juan, this stylish promenade hosted a former Spanish prison, which now houses the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. It offers breathtaking views of the San Juan Bay and is bordered by a huge colonial wall. Several cultural activities are held here throughout the year. Walking the full promenade also offers views of Isla de Cabras, a beautiful small island located in the bay. The Paseo is the place for an afternoon 'Piragua', a traditional Puerto Rican sweet concoction made from ice and tropical fruit syrups.
Near the Paseo de la Princesa, families can take their kids to a fun place where they can interact with the local pigeons. Young children especially love this opportunity. The pigeons congregate here, always hungry, and for one dollar you can buy a bag of dried corn to feed them right from your hands. It's a great way to squeeze in a little rest without the kids knowing!
On Calle de San Sebastián, this private home now houses the Pharmacy Museum, which depicts a traditional apothecary shop in 18th century San Juan, with great attention to every detail. It's certainly different and well worth a visit for people who want to gain knowledge on the history of the city. There is no admission charge.
This plaza, built in 1992 for the commemorate the Fifth Centenary of the discovery of America, extends from the San José Church and the rebuilt Ballajá Barracks. The 'Tótem Telúrico', an impressive, contemporary sculpture made by the local artist Jaime Suárez graces its center. The Plaza provides an excellent view of the El Morro grounds, the old San Juan cemetery, and the Atlantic Ocean. Teenagers can be found at the plaza, on weekends, skating and having fun; while, tourists like it as a place to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This is the first and only Presbyterian Church in the Old San Juan area. It has a classic, magnificent design and boasts of a rich history. In 1904, the church was organized by the Presbytery of Puerto Rico. The origins of the church began with a wedding. One of the members of the church married an Irish man, Mr. Hugh O'Neill. He in turn invested USD15,000, which was used to buy the building in 1907. Since then the church has served its parish for over 92 years. Their Good Samaritan program assists the community of homeless people that live in Old San Juan.
Make it a point to stroll through the Cristo, and while you are at it, don't forget to bring your camera. The panoramic views are breathtaking, especially the intersection of Calle Cristo and Calle de San Sebastián. This street is host to several monuments of San Juan, such as the Iglesia San José, and the Capilla de Cristo, not to mention its excellent selection of world-class restaurants, such as Il Perugino. It's definitely one of the most important walks in the old city.
Located on Calle Cristo, the Plaza derives its name from the Cathedral located at its north end. Originally the Plaza extended from the cathedral to the San Juan Gate. Its history is closely tied with that of the Cathedral and the Convent. In the second half of the 19th century, the Plaza was paved, and in the 1980s it was fully restored. Near the Plaza you can find the Hotel El Convento, a selection of restaurants, stores and museums.
Capilla de Cristo, the Chapel of Christ, was built as a memorial to a celebrated miracle. In 1753, a youth participating in a horse-race at the St. John's Day festival lost control of his horse and plunged over a precipice. Don Mateo Pratts, a secretary of the city, prayed to Christ to spare the boy's life and the youth was saved. To express his gratitude, the young man had the chapel erected later that same year. Today, the chapel, located on Calle Cristo near Paseo de la Princesa, is a landmark and its Campeche paintings and gold and silver altar are highlights.
The highly relevant San Juan National Historic Site occupies immense monumental value. It is accurately situated in the Old San Juan vicinity of the San Juan in Puerto Rico. The site encompasses a massive 75.13 acres (30.404 hectares) of land area. It was established in 1949 and pulls in crowds in great numbers. The Castile San Felipe Del Morro is a distinctive castle located on the site. The stunning Castilo de San Cristobal is another significant highlight and the fort is a must-see. The site is designated as the UNESCO World heritage site and is also famously included in the National Register of Historic Places.
At the Paseo de la Princesa, located on the southernmost tip of Old San Juan, the Arsenal de La Marina (Navy Arsenal) was built in 1800 and now hosts the US Coast Guard. It is also home to the Fine Arts and Folk Arts departments of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, an institution devoted to the preservation of Puerto Rican culture. An added attraction is the gorgeous view of the bay.