Right next to San Francisco Chapel and right in front of Carlos Albizu University is a beautiful square called “la Plaza de la Barandilla”. It is the only square in the old city that is not dedicated to a saint or to a historical figure.
The square was buried in concrete and asphalt for over 80 years. It was discovered by accident when a city worker unearthed a piece of one of its steps. The discovery caused such a commotion among the “sanjuaneros” that mayor Jorge Santini decided to rebuild the square to the exact specifications of the original.
Reconstruction of “la Barandilla” started in 2005 and the square was re-inaugurated on Mother’s Day, May 15th, 2011 at a cost of $3 million.
“La Barandilla” is a beautiful place to relax, people watch and take in the ambiance of Old San Juan.