13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
An Evening with Santa Maria
Standing between the ramparts of Castillio San Felipe del Morro, one can get a birds eye view of the stunning Cemetario Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis in Puerto Rico's Old San Juan. "el Morro," or "the promontory," is a 16th-century citadel located on the north-western point of Old San Juan designed to guard the entrance to San Juan Bay and to defend the Spanish colonial port city from approaching enemies. These particular walls were constructed in 1539 on orders of King Charles V of Spain and today can be explored any time of day or night by curious travelers. Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis, a colonial-era cemetery located just beyond and some 40' beneath the Fort's walls, is the final resting place of many of Puerto Rico's most prominent historical residents. Together, these landmarks are a stunning display made more so by the encroaching darkness and distant sounds of the sea.
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||Nov. 25, 2015, 10:59 a.m.
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