The Heart of San Cristobal

The Heart of San Cristobal (HM14SJ)

Location: San Juan, San Juan 00901 Suffolk County
Country: Puerto Rico
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N 18° 28.044', W 66° 6.672'

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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.

HM NumberHM14SJ
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 3:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19Q E 805104 N 2044335
Decimal Degrees18.46740000, -66.11120000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 18° 28.044', W 66° 6.672'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds18° 28' 2.64" N, 66° 6' 40.32" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 207-209 Calle Norzagaray, San Juan San Juan 00901, PR
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