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Fort of San Felipe del Morro, San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
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[an error occurred while processing this directive] La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site are a series of defensive structures erected in the city and bay of San Juan, Puerto Rico. They are recognised as World Heritage Sites since 1983.

La Fortaleza, which means The Fortress, is presently the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico. Also known as Palacio de Santa Catalina, it was built between 1533 and 1540, and is the oldest executive mansion in the New World. La Fortaleza served as the first defensive fortification for the city of San Juan. It was built by Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor who ruled as Carlos I of Spain, to guard the city against attacks by Carib Indians.


La Fortaleza, San Juan
La Fortaleza, San Juan
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San Juan National Historic Site is the name given to the complex of colonial-era forts, bastions, powder houses, and three-fourth of the old city walls of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The forts within the national historic site include Fort San Felipe del Morro, Fort San Cristóbal and El Cañuelo. They were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 15 October, 1966. La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 7th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Florence, Italy, on 5 - 9 December, 1983.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 18 28 0 W 66 7 30 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Inscription Year: 1983
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: VI

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