Los Hermosos Arcos de San Juan Puerto Rico~


Entrance to our hotel, El Convento, originally a Carmelite convent built by Spain in 1646.


Evening, central Courtyard Hotel El Convento.


Central Courtyard, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena. Puerto Rico was founded by the Spanish in 1521 and is full of stunning, historic-buildings. (Click to enlarge).


More views of the Instituto Cultura…….



Front facade Instituto de Cultura.


La Fortaleza (Governors Mansion). This is the oldest, continuously occupied governors mansion in the Americas. We toured inside and I will post photos for you soon! It is a gorgeous, stunningly-situated, old mansion and a UNESCO World Heritage site.


El Palacio Rojo. (Now Administrative Offices).


Museo De Las Americas.


Typical tourist shop, Calle Fortaleza in the glorious old-buildings of historic San Juan.

Cheers to you from the very old, y muy hermoso, San Juan!

179 thoughts on “Los Hermosos Arcos de San Juan Puerto Rico~

  1. I loved these photos and your sharing the history of these buildings, Cindy! I am amazed they have been around, some of them, since the 1500’s! I am getting ready to give out an “ABC Award” nomination post, I will be including you. I just am gathering posts and blog http’s! Smiles, you deserve this! Robin


  2. Breathtaking, Cindy. Mathair’s been bragging on you and I have to say that it’s deserved. These are wonderful. I’m not much for paintings and whatnot, but I am a stained glass enthusiast and the image of the windows literally brought me to tears. We loved the vibrant colors of the buildings, but more that the country went to such lengths to preserve it. We only wish that America would do the same with it’s older landmarks and buildings. Years ago there was a Colonial home taken down which was as old as our town and Mathair and I were apart of the group that fought to preserve it. It broke our heart as the marble columns came tumbling down. Thanks so much for sharing these images with us.


    • Yes other bloggers have mentioned our disregard for some gorgeous old treasures. So sad. Being connected with old historic buildings gives one a sense of comfort and continuity. You two just rock!! Keep on doing what you do, and I would love to see the stained glass!!


  3. WOw Cindy how are you this fine day? I really love you stopping by my book blog. I really love feedback too. Been blogging for three years and don’t have the comments or following you have, which is good because you have the most stunning photos. Keep up the good work. Oh I love the vintage age or victorian era if you ever want to post photos or houses I’d love it. Jackie 🙂


  4. Oh, I could be SO at home there, Cindy!
    In reality, I came to give you a virtual hug 🙂 I was just over at Zee’s site and smiled at your comment “my like keeps being wiped out”! So mean!


    • I get so frustrated when I want to acknowledge our fellow bloggers and the reader wipes away my like! So now I am trying to tell people when it happens!I love your virtual hug and am sending one right back at you!


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      • Aquiesced to the modern world of technology and convenience, and fear of the intruder. The reason the slatted shutters made me think of using cooling breezes and cross ventilation is that the 1930’s apartment building which I lived in 20 years ago in NYC once had shuttered doors and windows. All of the tenants would leave these closed and the solid windows and doors open to allow the air to move about the building. These were stories that the women who had lived in the building since the 1950’s told me. Of course, by then every window had metal bars, locked windows and window AC units humming and dripping all summer long.


  6. Nice pictures Ms Cindy, odd though, I don’ know why but the first thing I thought of from the first picture was “old convent”, I hope you are enjoying your vacation.


  7. Looks like a grand place to stay. Good such old buildings can be kept alive by allowing more people to share for a moment the blessings of the place.
    As you say ” Being connected with old historic buildings gives one a sense of comfort and continuity. ” By sharing the photographs to others in the world, who perhaps never will have the chance to come there, you allow them to carry it in their dreams and show the treasures of this world and give a voice to preserve those treasures – a Must for next generations -.


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