Fort at San Juan (Part 1)

San Juan has several forts.    "El Morro". The word itself sounds powerful and this six-level fortress certainly is.  Begun in 1540 and completed in 1589, most of the walls in the fort today were added later, in a period of tremendous construction from the 1760's-1780's.  Rising 140 feet above the  sea, its 18-foot-thick wall proved a formidable defense.  
The entrance is built at the top of an incline. 
The interior also had inclined ramps to the tops of the walls. The size of the cannons placed on the walls surely had something to do with that design.
At the side of the fort, about halfway down the length, there was a heavy wooden door. Notice the ornate brickwork which used to have a small window in it. That has been filled with cement. Through that doorway there is access to the tops of battlements which are also part of the fort.

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