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San Juan boasts a wide array of historic buildings, museums, and cultural centres. The Centro de Bellas Artes is the largest of its kind in the Caribbean, offering concerts, plays and opera. The San Juan cathedral, restored in 1917, is a rare example of medieval architecture in the New World. It contains the tomb of the island’s first governor and the relic of San Pio, a Roman martyr.
Just outside of Old San Juan is the beach and resort area, which includes Condado, Miramar, Ocean Park and Isla Verde. The Casa de los Contrafuertes is a traditional Spanish-style home, dating back to the early 18th century.
The Botánico (Botanical Garden) is located in the Río Piedras. The Botanical Garden displays the native flora of Puerto Rico, with over 200 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants. Another natural beauty is the Piñones Reserve, a sub-tropical forest with mangroves, sea turtle nesting sites and beautiful beaches.
In 1898, as part of the Spanish-American war, Americans bombed and occupied San Juan and took control of Puerto Rico, which has remained a territory of the United ... More States of America ever since. During the 20th century, the city expanded beyond its old walls to incorporate the greater metropolitan area, and today has three distinct districts: the Old City; the beach and resort area; and other outlying communities including Río Piedras, Hato Rey, Puerta de Tierra, and Santurce.
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