A Glimpse of Condado
Outdoor Art in Old San Juan

The Architectural Style of Old San Juan

I just love Old San Juan. The narrow, cobblestone streets. The mix of high and low dining and shopping. The energy of both locals and tourists. But mostly, I love the Spanish Colonial architecture. Everywhere you look there are pastel, tile-roofed buildings with wrought-iron balconies and ornate doorways. Set against the bright blue sky (a nearly everyday occurance here, it seems) and sweeping ocean views, Old San Juan is picture perfect:

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The Escuela de Artes Plásticas (University of Fine Arts):

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San Jose Church, one of the earliest surviving examples of 16th century Spanish Gothic architecture in the Western hemisphere:

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Those lovely blue cobblestone streets...

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And this cobalt blue wall, which together with the wood beams and chipped, red post made for a picture-perfect background.

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