Palacio de Santa Catalina~

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The Palacio in Old San Juan is the oldest continuously occupied executive mansion in the New World. Construction started in 1533. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is currently occupied by the Governor of Puerto Rico and his family. (Please click to enlarge).

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The Palacio is built on a prime ocean view spot in Old San Juan and is surrounded by La Forteleza or the old fort walls.

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The stunning interiors are like stepping into old Spain.

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The gardens are tropical with fruit, vegetables and flowers in abundance. Fountains and tile mosaics abound.

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The views are simply spectacular.
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Adjoining the residence, is El Hospital, la Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, built in 1556 and currently run by catholic nursing nuns for elderly patients.
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I wouldn’t want to be a poltician, but I would love to stay in this house! Saludos a usted!

123 thoughts on “Palacio de Santa Catalina~

  1. questo palazzo è una vera meraviglia! i colori sono magnifici e la posizione sull’oceano ne accentua la bellezza, sai che anche le scale della mia casa sono costruite con la maiolica tra uno scalino e l’altro? i gradini però sono di cotto fiorentino, mi ha fatto piacere notarne la somiglianza
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    This Palace is a true wonder! the colors are magnificent ocean and accentuates the beauty, you know that even the stairs of my house are built with majolica between one step and the other? the steps, however, are the Florentine cotto, I was pleased to note the similarity

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    • In case you can’t tell, I am a major fan of Spanish architecture….the tile work, the central courtyards, the mosaics, the fountains. I am in love with all of this. This house is amazing. Situated on a point, with panoramic views, surrounded by the forteleza, Your house must be beautiful, and yes! I too have a central courtyard, Spanish tile, fountain. I love this beautiful artistry. I would love to see photos of your tile work. It sounds exquisite! Grazie e auguri a voi!

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  2. Oh to live in a blue mansion; how lovely. There is something rather satisfying about having a hospital for the elderly next door to the politician’s abode…a reminder that we are all mortal. Did you notice the one different tile on the stairs? It almost looks like one of the tiles from the seat outside.

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  3. Love the stair shot Cindy. Can you imagine living in such a place. You would definitely want and army of housekeepers and gardeners to keep the place up. But being governor, I imagine you have them. 🙂 –Curt

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    • Yes! There was a trampoline in the inner courtyard, so this is really home, with a family and children. I imagine growing up in Old San Juan would provide a child with endless opportunites for adventure and exploration!

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  4. Nice palace. I got to see the palace from outside the gate one year during Christmas time one year when I was there for training that I had to take for an upgrade to an ETTS (e-tracking & training system).

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  5. Liebe Cindy mir gefällt die Treppe mit den schönen blauen Fliesen das Fenster und die Stuckarbeit am Besten das sieht Atemberaubend aus einfach nur wunderschön ein tolles Wochenende wünsche ich dir und sei ganz lieb gegrüßt Klaus

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