By Murat Tanyel | TrekEarth

The Castillo de San Cristóbal is a former Spanish fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built by Spain to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. It is part of San Juan National Historic Site.

Castillo de San Cristóbal is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. When it was finished in 1783, it covered about 27 acres of land and basically wrapped around the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal’s double gates. After close to one hundred years of relative peace in the area, part of the fortification (about a third) was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city.

This was a difficult photo. If I had used a flash, I would have blown out the walls of the tunnel. Not using a flash guaranteed that the well-lit areas would be washed out. Since I applied heavy post processing to make it look presentable, I am going to upload a copy of the original photo to the WS.