Image by Melissa Alvarado Sierra

The monumental columned building with a red-roofed dome across from El Morro is the Escuela de Artes Plásticas. Originally an insane asylum during the 19th century, this grand school with its arches, porticos and courtyards displays students’ work at the end of each academic term. In the sculpture court on the right-hand side of the building, students can sometimes be seen sculpting granite.