Tuesday, October 01, 2013

San Juan Blogathon - Castillos Cerrados


If I were in San Juan this week instead of a couple weeks ago, I wouldn't have had the chance to visit what turned out to be one of my favorite sites.

That's because the effects of the shutdown of the United States government extend all the way to the small island of Puerto Rico, where the National Park Service maintains two of Old San Juan's most impressive sites: Castillo de San Cristóbal and Castillo Felipe del Morro.

Today they are cerrados--closed--because of the shutdown. And that means people won't get to see some of the best vistas of Old San Juan.






And history buffs won't get to see how the Spanish defended against the first attacks by the English in 1595 or where the first shots of World War I were fired on behalf of the United States in 1915.





And visitors like me wouldn't get the chance to explore the multi-level historic sites and all the interesting nooks and crannies along the way.







It bums me out that people in San Juan right now won't have the chance to visit either site today. Of course, my hope is for a speedy return to normal operations as soon as possible.

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Want more info on the history of each site? That's what Wikipedia is for.

Castillo de San Cristóbal
Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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