Inscription. You are standing in the heart of Castillo San Cristobal, its main plaza, or plaza de armas. Completed by 1797, it looked then much as you see it now. This plaza de armas witnessed the daily events of military life in a Spanish fortress for more than a century.
By Don Morfe, April 21, 2012
|1. The Heart of San Cristobal Marker|
Here on the main plaza floor, troops drilled, were inspected, and assembled for formal events. The vaulted rooms around the plaza---called casemates----housed officers’ quarters, barracks, storage areas, the kitchen and the latrine. If necessary, cannon could be fired from casemates as well. During San Cristobal’s heyday, this plaza would have been a very busy place.
Today San Cristobal’s main plaza houses exhibit areas, a bookstore, restrooms, and a troop quarters area that has been restored to its historic appearance.
Location. 18° 28.044′ N, 66° 6.672′ W. Marker is in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in San Juan County. Marker is on Bulevar del Valle. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Juan PR 00901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Historic Site (here, next to this marker); Three Flags (here, next to this marker); Firepower (here, next to this marker); What About Water? (here, next to this marker); In Defense of San Juan (here, next to this marker); Defending San Juan (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Defense of the 1st Order (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Main Plaza (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan.