Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Two Found on a Rooftop across the street from a 16th Century Fortress

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane is not located in New England, nor in the continental United States.

Do you know the location of weather vane #259?  Scroll down to see the answer...





We photographed this rooftop from the ramp to San Cristobal Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  You can see that this house, on the corner of Calle de La Luna and Calle Norzagaray, has a rooftop display as whimsical as the colors of the homes along the street.  Not only is there both a pig and a rooster weathervane, but there are street signs (in English), tables, chairs, colorful plants and the Puerto Rican flag on a flagpole.

If you want a good look at these weathervanes, just take the free tourist trolley to stop #18 at the entrance of Castillo San Cristobal and climb up the stone ramp. This fortress was built between 1634 and 1790, with modifications up to the 20th century when it was used by the United States for Civil Defense.  This fort was designed to protect the city walls from an attack by land, and the other large fort in San Juan, El Morro, was designed to protect the city from an attack by sea or a harbor invasion.  It is the largest fort ever built by the Spanish in the New World.  The tunnel system is fascinating, spooky and a cool escape from the tropical sun, so don't forget to explore the tunnels during your visit!

For the truly curious:

Wikipedia article Castillo San Cristobal  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castillo_San_Crist%C3%B3bal

A five minute video tour of Castillo San Cristobal  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-40H0eihhg


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Two Found on a Rooftop across the street from a 16th Century Fortress", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 4, 2016 (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/weathervane-wednesday-two-found-on.html:  accessed [access date]).

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