Garita del Diablo -  San Juan, Puerto Rico by Bob  Perkoski

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Castillo de San Cristobal or “Saint Christopher Castle” in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is the largest fortification ever built by the Spanish in the New World. Declared a World Heritage site in 1983, this massive fortification covers 27 acres.

This is a view from the fort of what is called the Devil’s Sentry Box. It is the oldest surviving element of San Cristobal, a lonely lookout post renown in Puerto Rican legend as the “Garita del Diablo”. Sentries manning this post regularly shouted “Alerta” during their watch to communicate with other soldiers and keep themselves awake during the long nights.

This view cannot be readily seen from the fort. I was strolling along the top of the fort and could hear the roaring of the surf below but could not see it because of the high parapet walls. I decided to precariously climb out onto one of the openings where the cannons would shoot from. When I got to the edge I was struck by this wonderful sight. And as an added bonus there happened to be a person sitting on the wall.


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  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadabout 5 years ago

    Everything in its place! O.O

  • Sandra  Sengstock-Miller
    Sandra Sengst...about 5 years ago

    Beautiful but makes my head spin just looking down at the depth. Thanks for sharing the write up very interesting including your climb out to the edge…….Sandy

  • Terence Russell
    Terence Russellabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful find and capture. Surprising that something so close to the crashing waves would be “the oldest surviving element.”

  • RRoca
    RRocaabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • LindaR
    LindaRabout 5 years ago

    stunning shot! xx

  • Bob  Perkoski
    Bob Perkoskiabout 5 years ago

    Thanks for all your wonderful comments. They are much appreciated! There’s much more to come!

  • stephen  jones
    stephen jonesabout 5 years ago

    Great photo love the color.

  • Robin D. Overacre
    Robin D. Overacreabout 5 years ago

    cool shot

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  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 5 years ago

    great capture….

  • Thank you so much!

    – Bob Perkoski

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