Plaza de Colón

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Plaza de Colón information

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Tracing its roots back more than a century to the 400-year anniversary of the first Columbus expedition, the Plaza de Colón lies across the street from the lower part of Fuerte San Cristóbal. The city wall at this end of Old San Juan was torn down in 1897, and the plaza, with its statue of the ‘Discoverer’ atop a pillar, stands on the site of one of the city’s original gated entries, Puerta Santiago. Today the plaza acts as a gateway to much of the traffic entering the city from Av Muñoz Rivera. Buses and taxis congregate on the plaza’s south side.