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San Juan in San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico — The Caribbean (The West Indies)
 

The Heart of San Cristobal

El Corazón de San Cristóbal

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 21, 2012
1. The Heart of San Cristobal Marker
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.

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.

Español:
Hoy en la plaza de armas de San Cristóbal hay exhibiciones, una librería, baños y un cuartel de tropas que ha sido restaurado a su apariencia histórica.
 
Location. 18° 28.044′ N, 66° 6.672′ W. Marker is in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in San Juan Municipality. 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. In Defense of San Juan (here, next

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By Don Morfe, April 20, 2012
2. The Heart of San Cristobal Marker
to this marker); What About Water? (here, next to this marker); Firepower (here, next to this marker); Three Flags (here, next to this marker); National Historic Site (here, next to this marker); Noel Estrada (approx. ¼ mile away); Casa Natal de Don Ramón Power y Giralt (approx. 0.4 miles away); Francisco de Miranda (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
The Heart of San Cristobal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 21, 2012
3. The Heart of San Cristobal Marker
The Heart of San Cristobal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 21, 2012
4. The Heart of San Cristobal Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 23, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A full photo of the marker and transcription of the Spanish text. • Can you help?
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