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Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Old San Juan

Visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan Puerto Rico

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, also known as Fuerte San Felipe del Morro, is a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Plan Your Visit

Both Castillo El Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal can be explored everyday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm either on your own or on one of the ranger led programs held throughout the week. For more information please visit https://nps.gov/

Both castle attractions are favorite things to do in San Juan and within convenient cycling distance of bikerentpuertorico located at 18 Cll Marseilles in Condado, with scenic waterfront views on protected bike paths.

El Morro or 'the Promontory,' was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay.

On the northeastern-most point of the islet of Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. The fortification, also referred to as el Morro or ‘the promontory,’ was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies.

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Fun
Film Fact

El Morro was used as a film set in the 1996 motion picture Amistad. Steven Spielberg staged it to represent a fort in Sierra Leone where African slaves were auctioned in 1839. 

Guests will often rent bikes and make a day of it while sightseeing in Viejo San Juan, and visiting both of the National Parks, El Morro and San Cristóbal, for $6.

– Mark Derho

San Juan National Historic Site +2 million Visitors a Year

In 1983, the citadel was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in conjunction with the San Juan National Historic Site

Over two million visitors a year explore the castillo, making it one of Puerto Rico’s leading tourist attractions. 

Facing the structure, on the opposite side of the bay, a smaller fortification known as El Cañuelo complemented the castillo’s defense of the entrance to the bay.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, (El Morro) sits atop a high promontory overlooking the entrance to the San Juan Bay. It is the result of the efforts of Spanish engineers over a period of more than 250 years and is one of the largest fortifications built by the Spanish in the Caribbean. Although its foundation was laid in 1539, the six-level fortification was not considered complete until 1787. 

During World War II, the U.S. government added an artillery fire control station. El Morro suffered several attacks from the English in 1595 and 1598 and the Dutch in 1625. 

In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, United States Navy ships fired upon the fortification, destroying the lighthouse, which was later restored.

Gaze over 60 foot walls to the ocean and aim your camera on the cannons and that still guard the harbor today. Stroll on the lawn where soldiers once marched and watch kites flying in the afternoon trade winds.

– Shared verbatim from the National Parks Service website.

Call Puerto Rico National Parks Service at: (787) 729-6777.

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