El Capitolio

Notable Building in San Juan & Around

Image by Melissa Alvarado Sierra Lonely Planet

The capitol of the Commonwealth is in an impressive columned and domed neoclassical building in a commanding location overlooking Puerta de Tierra's wave-lashed coast. The much-revered constitution of the Commonwealth, which moved the island further away from colonialism in 1951, is on display inside the 80ft rotunda. Regular sessions of the legislature meet inside, while rallies for and against statehood occur outside every time the government debates the issue. Guided tours available by appointment only.