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Old September 26th, 2012, 06:54 AM   #81
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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Old San Juan City Walls with The City Gate and La Fortaleza, Puerto Rico por George Oze, en Flickr

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Streets of Old San Juan por melvdesigns, en Flickr

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Plaza de Armas, Old San Juan por palestrina55, en Flickr

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Colorful Old San Juan por glness, en Flickr

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Old San Juan por Willamor Media, en Flickr

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Low Angle View of the San Cristobal Fort, Old San Juan, Puerto R por George Oze, en Flickr

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Low Angle View of the Walls of the San Felipe del Morro Fort, Sa por George Oze, en Flickr
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:00 AM   #82
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Cuba is our sister nation with beautiful examples too. Philippines has also great colonial architecture. Mexico: great, exhuberant, vibrant architecture.
I agree. I will add that Puerto Rico also has great examples of Spanish architecture. I have always been fascinated by San Juan. Its location (between the waters) its huge fortifications, and the architecture of the city itself is just marvelous. Also, I cannot help but recall, from the videos you have posted, memories of Havana. Truly we are very close in history and culture! I have to highlight, however, that however much San Juan's architecture might look like Havana's, it has its own distinct flavor and uniqueness.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:14 AM   #83
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Thanks! I agree. Cuba and Puerto Rico are so similar that for non hispanics it's very difficult to see the differences. I heard from a group of architects on a documentary that Havanna was more Barroque and San Juan was more Neo-Classical. But both are true beautiful examples of spanish colonial architecture in the caribbean.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 07:21 AM   #84
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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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San Juan, Puerto Rico por Traci L.A., en Flickr

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San Juan, Puerto Rico por Traci L.A., en Flickr

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San Juan, Puerto Rico por Traci L.A., en Flickr

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Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a San Juan National Historic Site, in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico por RYANISLAND, en Flickr

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Old San Juan por samsaragraphic, en Flickr

Some example of my little island. Thank you...
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Old September 26th, 2012, 08:08 AM   #85
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San Juan is a beautiful city - with a dramatic and spectacular setting. Very nice photos.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 10:35 PM   #86
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San Juan is a beautiful city - with a dramatic and spectacular setting. Very nice photos.
Thank you Timothy. From my perspective, I think Old San Juan has a combination architecture, tropical weather, setting, history etc. blended all together into something really eye catching and beautiful. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm sure that Old San Juan is the best preserved colonial city in Latin America. I also hope that Havanna and Santiago return to it's best days. Cuban colonial cities are very similar to the Puerto Rican ones only bigger I think. Mexican cities are a little different. If you look closely their architecture is more intricate with some elements from pre-hispanic cultures, with their own flavor. But as I say before, all of them with their own style are great. I will show some other examples outside San Juan soon. Stay tuned
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Old September 27th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #87
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Ponce, Puerto Rico

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Ponce, Puerto Rico - January 2004 por Dean Rowley, en Flickr

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Ponce Building por moke076, en Flickr

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Calles coloniales de Ponce por jmgomez20062, en Flickr

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El Consistorio por jmgomez20062, en Flickr

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Ponce architecture por earthmorgan, en Flickr

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Casa Armstrong-Poventud in Ponce por Greg Vaughn, en Flickr

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Plaza las Delicias, Ponce por henry_doktorski, en Flickr
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Old September 27th, 2012, 11:41 PM   #88
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More pics from Ponce...

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Plaza las Delicias, Ponce por henry_doktorski, en Flickr

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Around Plaza Las Delicias por rcampoamor, en Flickr

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Ponce-near-Plaza-de-las-Delicias por professor.p, en Flickr

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ponce, puerto rico por danjeffayelles, en Flickr

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IMG_1250 por Travel and Transitions, en Flickr

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IMG_1251 por Travel and Transitions, en Flickr
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Old September 30th, 2012, 04:39 AM   #89
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Very handsome and stately buildings and they are maintained in excellent condition. What period were they built?
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Most of them are from the late nineteenth century, except El Morro and San Cristobal wich were built during a long period from 15 thru 18 century. Including the walls. Puerto Rico was the last spanish colony in Latin America
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The buildings from Puerto Rico are trully amazing, precioso país!!
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Old October 7th, 2012, 03:28 AM   #92
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The buildings from Puerto Rico are trully amazing, precioso país!!
Muchas gracias! Thank You! A little more of Old San Juan:

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Rincon Sanjuanero - San Juan Cove por ICTUS Photography, en Flickr

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Capilla del Cristo (Cristo St. Chapel) por ICTUS Photography, en Flickr

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Hotel El Convento por ICTUS Photography, en Flickr

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Old San Juan por ICTUS Photography, en Flickr

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Since 1540 it has been the official residence of every governor of Puerto Rico and it's still the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Americas. It was occupied two times by foreing invasion. The first one by George Clifford (Count of Cumberland) in 1598 and the second one by dutch Baldwin Heinrich (please excuse my dutch) in 1625. According to tradition, in 1898, moments before the americans took control of the island after the spanish-american war, governor Ricardo de Ortega (the last spanish governor) broke a clock with his sword marking the last moment of spanish rule in Puerto Rico. The clock remains exactly the same eversince. It was listed by UNESCO in 1983 as a World Heritage Site. Here some pictures:

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Palacio de Santa Catalina (La Fortaleza) por B0riCuA, en Flickr

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La Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR por Piece of Eight, en Flickr

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Moorish Bench in Gardens of La Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR por Piece of Eight, en Flickr

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La Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR por Piece of Eight, en Flickr

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La Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR por Piece of Eight, en Flickr

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La Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR por Piece of Eight, en Flickr

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La Caja de las Tres Llaves, La Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR por Piece of Eight, en Flickr

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La Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR por Piece of Eight, en Flickr

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La Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR por Piece of Eight, en Flickr

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Royal Seal of Ferdinand and Isabela, La Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR por Piece of Eight, en Flickr

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Palacio de Santa Catalina "La Fortaleza", San Juan, PR por sun_shine1953, en Flickr
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Molo Church (St. Anne Parish) and Plaza, Iloilo City, Philippines
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Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral and Belfry, Iloilo City, Philippines
The original belfry is detached from the church, located across the street at the plaza
Except for its patroness, the Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles), all the saints are men
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Back at the beginning of the XIX century, Humboldt, the German naturalist and explorer was astonished with American cities of the Spanish Empire, which contrasted with the cities of North America, and even more with the Spanish ones. Shortly after, Bolivar, traveling in Spain, could not understand how a "poblachón" (one-horse town) as Madrid could be the capital of an empire.
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