Cuartel de Ballajá & Museo de las Américas
Museo de las Américas
The Museo de las Américas gives an overview of cultural development in the New World. It features changing exhibitions and Caribbean...
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
Once a home for the poor, this buff building with green trim houses the executive offices of this institute. Its sheltered plazas are...
Plaza del Quinto Centenario
This modern square is shoehorned in among all the architectural landmarks and offers great views over El Morro and the ocean. Built in...
Among the many treasures inside the Cuartel de Ballajá is this fine little cafe which roasts its own coffee beans. Sit outside...
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Cuartel de Ballajá & Museo de las Américas information
Built in 1854 as a military barracks, the cuartel is a three-story edifice with large gates on two ends, ample balconies, a series of arches and a protected central courtyard that served as a plaza and covers a reservoir. It was the last and largest building constructed by the Spaniards in the New World. Facilities included officers’ quarters, warehouses, kitchens, dining rooms, prison cells and stables. The small ground-floor cafe is a good place to pause and soak up the monumental courtyard's atmosphere.
The 2nd floor features the Museo de las Américas , which gives an overview of cultural development in the New World. It features changing exhibitions, and Caribbean and European American art, most notably an impressive santos (small carved figurines representing saints) collection. The excellent shop is a good place to buy cultural books.