The El Morro Fort is officially Castillo de Sand Felipe del Morro and stands guard at the entrance to San Juan Harbor. The beautiful 6-level fort is named in honor of Spain's King Philip ll. The fort has gone trough many enlargements and modifications. I took the free open-air trolley that is front of the piers and headed out towards the Fort taking pictures of the local colors along the way. I entered and paid my $5.00. (keep the receipt if you are going to also visit Castillo de San Cristobal) but must be used within 7 days). The Park Service supplies you with a map. Use this to do a self-guided tour. After the trolley let me off, I then began the ¼ mile walk along a long pathway that leads into the open courtyard. As I walked along, I noticed the lighthouse off to the right. There on both sides was a very large expanse of green lawns. Upon entering the courtyard, I notice right off the vibrant yellow and white trim décor. I visited the Bookstore buying a bottle of cold water and looking at the many souvenirs and books for sale. In front and back of me were many different rooms serving a multiple of functions. I stood looking out one of the windows and could see the Atlantic Ocean. I walked into a little theatre-type room (air conditioned) and watched a free Orientation talk. Led by park rangers, the information is helpful and very informative. After the little movies, I walked across the courtyard and went into one of the barracks. I noticed 6 wooden beds lined up n a row. On a shelf overhead is where they kept their hats. Opposite the 6 beds was what looked like a double bed? The room was large and held a wooden trestle table with benches, lanterns, mortal and pestle. There was also a wooden drum. The front door was a solid piece of wood with a look-out. Black metal hinges were fastened across the opening. I then walked up to the upper level and looked around and noticed a large pile of cannon balls. There are many points of interests are Garitas- know as the sentry boxes which you can walk into and take pictures. The flags are a Cultural symbol of Puerto Rico. Flags- The 3 flags flown at the Fort today are the USA flags, the Puerto Rican flag and the Cross of Burgundy flag, which is the old Spanish military flag which was flown at El Morro from 1516 - 1785. Lighthouse- was rebuilt in 1908 by the US after damaged in the 1898 Spanish American war. Cannon Water Battery- This area was used to protect the entrance to the San Juan harbor. Torre Antigua- Old Tower is the oldest part of El Morro. If you go down the tunnel you can see s shell fragment of the 1898 USA bombardment that is still in the wall. Kitchen and Forge- you can see where the meals were prepared and the forge where metalwork was done. And last but not least the famous spiral and triangular staircases that go from level to level. Please be careful, some places are steep, especially the tunnel. I enjoyed the time spent there.
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