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La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

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Address: Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
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Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room...

Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room mansion completed in 1540 that was used to defend against foreign invaders.

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Very interesting place, but it was election year, too much chages and very restricted. If you go along with a tour group or school group it will be a better experience.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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San Juan Metro Region, Puerto Rico
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting place, but it was election year, too much chages and very restricted. If you go along with a tour group or school group it will be a better experience.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not go on a tour because the next tour in English was several hours later. Find out when the free tours are before you go.

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit for free. If you can squeeze in the visit, it's worth it. Not open all of the time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice tour of outer area of the oldest continuous Executive building in the New World! Fantastic view of the Caribbean. Happy to see this 16th century building

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Fogelsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great tour (in English) (~30 min) with great views of the bay and a walk through the beautiful gardens. Because it is the Governor's residence one only sees the exterior plus the chapel and the "keep". No charge, but times are limited and one has to check in early for limited seating.

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Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

we always take friends and family great historic building cool tour when it is available incredibile views

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Avon, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Loved visiting the palace, La Fortaleza, Palacio de Santa Catalina. It is a working palace so please check opening hours for your visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Check the website for tour times, but if you have a chance to take one you'll enjoy touring the Governor's Mansion! You need a government-issued photo ID (passport, driver's license, etc) but the tours are free and you'll enjoy the gardens and interior courtyard area. Guide Francesca gave us a 25 minute tour that was filled with fun facts, personal... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This palace can be seen from the streets. Cant get in must have a pass to enter. Guard standing at the gate. Beautiful to see and take picture from the outside.

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Ferndale, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The only reason I cannot truly give it a 5-star is that one of the floors that will be available for viewing (this Sunday only) was not available when we went on Wednesay 12/7. The tour guide is extermely pleasant, knowledgeable and very proud of her commonwealth and the history. The building and grounds are more of less what you... More 

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