The Fortress

Local nameLa Fortaleza
LocationSan Juan, Puerto Rico, United States

La Fortaleza is the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico. It was built between 1533 and 1540 to defend the harbor of San Juan. The structure is also known as Castillo Santa Catalina translative on in continuous use in the New World. It was listed by UNESCO in 1983 as part of the World Heritage Site "La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site".

During the 1640 reconstruction, the chapel of Santa Catalina, which originally existed outside the walls, was demolished and was integrated to the walls of the structure, resulting in the alternate name Santa Catalina's Castle.

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Opening hours

Mon - Fri: 9 am - 5 pm

More information and contact


Official website

Phone +1 787 721 7000

Address 63 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico

Coordinates 18°27'51.028" N -66°7'10.192" E

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