|UNESCO #266 - La Fortaleza, San Juan - PUERTO RICO - USA|
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
La Fortaleza, San Juan - PUERTO RICO - UNESCO #266
My first card from Puerto Rico arrived today! Located in the northeastern Caribbean Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States of America, which means that it's officially US territory, but not a US State. One of the main landmarks of the capital San Juan is the European style fortress (called 'La Fortaleza'), built almost 500 years ago to protect the city from the pirates of the Caribbean (savvy!). Thank you very much Kato for this postcard that allows me to start a new label and add another UNESCO WHS to my collection (410 down, 597 to go!). This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
The main elements of the massive fortification of San Juan are La Fortaleza, the three forts of San Felipe del Morro, San Cristóbal and San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo), and a large portion of the City Wall, built between the 16th and 19th centuries to protect the city and the Bay of San Juan. They are characteristic examples of the historic methods of construction used in military architecture over this period, which adapted European designs and techniques to the special conditions of the Caribbean port cities.