El Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Heide Martin (was created by)
Foundations were laid: 1539; completed: 1787
El Morro is a six-level fort, officially known as Fuerte San Felipe del Morro. It sits atop a high promontory overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay and is one of the largest forts built by the Spaniards. The fort is a maze of tunnels, dungeons, barracks, outposts and ramps. It is studded with small, circular sentry boxes called "garitas" that have become a national symbol. Its outer walls are 18-foot-thick and rise 140 feet above sea level. In 1992 the fort was restored to it historic form. The fort is currently administered by the United States National Park Service. --See: http://www.nps.gov/saju/planyourvisit/index.htm --See: http://www.topuertorico.org/city/sanjuan.shtml
16th Century (1500 - 1599 CE)
18th Century (1700 - 1799 CE)