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La Perla | San Juan | Puerto Rico

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Rob & I descended into La Perla from above and it was noticeable just very desolate, no one was outside or playing like everyone else just feet above us. It was quite eery and unfamiliar to me. It made Rob very uncomfortable.

When we got to the other side of this court a boy was coming up the hill to play some ball. Rob said ‘Hola’ but the boy did not respond and kept walking.

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

Lying on the northwestern-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.

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