Back in 1539 the Spanish Empire spent over 250 years fortifying this location in Puerto Rico as part of their defensive system. Now, it’s one of the most visited spots in the beautiful island.
When I started getting more into lomography, I decided to become a tourist in my own country. This time I visited one of the most historic sites in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico: The Fort of San Cristobal.
Its construction began during the 17th century [when Puerto Rico belonged to the Spanish Empire] after the city of San Juan was breached by English troops, and the Dutch, in the late 16th and early 17th century. It was meant to protect the land that approached San Juan from the east, rising close to 150 feet above the ground.
After the Spanish-American war, once Puerto Rico became territory of the United States, the Fort San Cristobal was used during World War II, as a harbor defense system with concrete bunkers and observation posts.
All the way through from the 17th century, up to the late 19th century, when the American troops took over, the fort underwent many modifications, becoming a great work of interest for the study on how military engineering evolved. But it is also a wonderful place to simply visit, enjoy the beautiful views, and learn your history.