Puerto Rico was severly damaged by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. There was still wide spread damage visible when I visited.

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San Juan

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico. It has lots of interesting architecture.

The Puerto Rican Athenaeum, Ateneo Puertorriqueño in Spanish, is one of Puerto Rico's chief cultural institutions and was founded in 1876. It serves as a museum, school, library, and performance hall for Puerto Rico.It hosts a number of contests, conferences, and exhibits each year, presenting the best art, literature, and music that Puerto Rico has to offer. Some say that it was the first institution of higher learning in Puerto Rico in which the islands' top minds gave free classes in their areas of expertise. The building dates back to 1923.

The Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico, located at Avenida Ponce de Leon 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a Beaux Arts architecture style building dating from 1917. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. It was the brainchild of a group of citizens, known as the Asociación del Casino de Puerto Rico, who requested then San Juan mayor Francisco del Valle Atiles a place to establish a new social club. The building was designed by Montilla & Ferrer and construction began under the supervision of the Del Valle Zeno brothers' firm.

The School of Tropical Medicine (Spanish: Escuela de Medicina Tropical), was an educational institution created in 1926 by an act of the Puerto Rican Legislature, to further the research initiated by the Anemia Commissions and the Institute of Tropical Medicine on anemia and its causes. The institution existed as an independent entity until 1949, when it was integrated into the School of Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico. The building dates back to 1920.

The Capitol of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Capitolio de Puerto Rico) is located on the Islet of San Juan just outside the walls of Old San Juan. The building is home to the bicameral Legislative Assembly, composed of the House of Representatives and Senate. The building is located in the Puerta de Tierra sector of San Juan, it dates back to 1929.

Church, School, Convent and Parish House of San Agustín. It dates back to 1915.

Beach San Juan
Beach of San Juan. (610k)
Heavy Surf Beach San
Heavy surf at a beach of San Juan. (643k)
San Agustín Church
San Agustín Church. (618k)
Antiguo Casino 1917
Antiguo Casino (from 1917). (769k)
Ateneo Puertorriqueño
Ateneo Puertorriqueño. (654k)
Edificio Antigua Escuela De
Edificio Antigua Escuela de Medicina Tropical (Tropical Medicine School). (750k)
El Capitolio Home Legislative
El Capitolio, home of the legislative assembly of Puerto Rico. (721k)
El Capitolio
El Capitolio. (833k)
Homeless Sleeping Street
Homeless sleeping on the street. (750k)

Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan)

Old San Juan (Spanish: Viejo San Juan) is the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico and the historic colonial section of the city of San Juan. The settlement is a National Historic Landmark District and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the "Zona Histórica de San Juan".

Map Old San Juan
Map of Old San Juan. (644k)
View Along North Side
View along the north side of Old San Juan, with Castillo San Felipe del Morro in the background, and a cemetery on the right. (731k)
Old San Juan Cemetery
Old San Juan cemetery. (637k)
City Wall Sentry Box
City wall with sentry box. (718k)
Old San Juan
Old San Juan. (702k)
Street Old San Juan
Street in Old San Juan with brightly colored houses. (659k)
Street Old San Juan
Street in Old San Juan with brightly colored houses. (667k)
Street Old San Juan
Street in Old San Juan with brightly colored houses. (781k)
Street Old San Juan
Street in Old San Juan with brightly colored houses. (733k)
Street Old San Juan
Street in Old San Juan with brightly colored houses. (596k)
Nicely Restored House
Nicely restored house. (608k)
Nicely Restored House
Nicely restored house. (638k)
Brightly Colored House
Brightly colored house. (683k)
Iglesia San José Built
Iglesia San José, built in 1532. (535k)
Houses Need Tlc
Some of the houses need some TLC. (637k)
Houses Damaged Hurricane Maria
Houses damaged by Hurricane Maria. (774k)
Cat Snoozing Car
A cat snoozing on a car. (712k)

Castillo San Cristóbal

Castillo de San Cristóbal, also known as Fort San Cristóbal, is a fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built by Spain to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. It is part of San Juan National Historic Site.

Castillo San Cristóbal is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. When it was finished in 1783, it covered about 27 acres of land and basically wrapped around the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal's double gates. After close to one hundred years of relative peace in the area, part of the fortification (about a third) was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city.

Castillo de San Cristóbal contains five cisterns that were used for the storage of water during the ages of the Spanish Colony. They are extremely large (7 m (23 ft) tall, 5 m (16 ft) wide and 17 m (56 ft) long) and were used as bomb shelters during World War II.

Castillo San Cristóbal
Castillo San Cristóbal. (688k)
View Over Parts Fort
View over parts of the Fort with the Capitol building behind it. (726k)
Fort Walls Sentry Boxes
Fort walls with one of the sentry boxes. (829k)
Sentry Boxes Added During
Some sentry boxes were added during World War II. (669k)
Massive Walls Fort
Massive walls of the Fort. (947k)
Massive Walls Fort
Massive walls of the Fort. (769k)
Walls Fort Extremely Thick
The walls of the Fort are extremely thick. (760k)
Big Cisterns Hold Rain
Big cisterns to hold rain water. (690k)
Sheltered Walkway Sentry Boxes
Sheltered walkway to one of the sentry boxes. (693k)
Flags Flown Over Fort
The flags flown over the fort are the Burgundy Cross (the Spanish military flag during the Spanish colonial time), the flag of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the flag of the United States of America. (483k)
Castillo San Felipe Del
Castillo San Felipe del Morro on the west side of Old San Juan. (504k)

Arecibo Radio Telescope

Close Arecibo Radio Telescope
This is as close as I got to the Arecibo Radio Telescope, unfortunately is was closed by the time I got there. (608k)
Arecibo Radio Telescope
Arecibo Radio Telescope. (609k)

Hurricane Damage

View San Juan All
View of San Juan. All the blue roofs are plastic tarps covering damaged roofs. (670k)
Damaged Building Airport
Damaged building on the airport. (535k)
Hurricane Damaged House
Hurricane damaged house. (1370k)
Hurricane Damaged Forest
Hurricane damaged forest. (1176k)
Hurricane Damaged Forest
Hurricane damaged forest. (1034k)
Damage Power Lines Hurricane
Damage to power lines from Hurricane Maria. (1014k)
Damage Power Lines Hurricane
Damage to power lines from Hurricane Maria. (807k)
Power Lines Hanging Low
Power lines hanging low across the road after hurricane damage. (580k)
Clearing Hurricane Damage
Clearing up hurricane damage. (1018k)
Repair Work Power Lines
Repair work on power lines. This was happening everywhere. (699k)
Work Damaged Trees
Work on damaged trees. (766k)

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