With space at a premium, buildings are small and crammed together.
Open spaces are provided by lovely plazas where the local pigeons
are alert for treats.
Abutting Plaza San José, the Plaza del Quinto Centenario (Quincentennial
Square), opened in October 12, 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary
of Columbus' discovery of the New World. This monumental, 40-foot
sculpture is made from black granite and ceramics to symbolize
the earthen and clay roots of American history and is the work
of Jaime Suarez, one of Puerto Rico's foremost artists.
Begun in 1602 and completed in 1789, the City Hall building
was remodeled in the 1840's so that the facade was an exact replica
Old San Juan's main square features four statues representing
the four seasons; all are over 100 years old. It has served as
a social meeting place for generations. It's in front of the city