About a quarter mile beyond the “Raíces” fountain you will find “San Juan Gate”. In colonial times, passenger ships arriving at San Juan harbor would anchor away from the pier outside San Juan Gate and smaller boats would bring their passengers to shore. From there, arriving visitors would walk up “La Caleta de San Juan” –which is immediately behind San Juan Gate– and go straight to San Juan Cathedral to thank God for a safe voyage.
Right before reaching San Juan Gate there is still another tree-covered square honoring Isabel de Trastamara, the catholic queen of Spain that was so instrumental in funding Cristopher Columbus in his voyage of discovery.
Before entering San Juan Gate notice the inscription above that reads “Benedictus Oui Venit In Nomine Domini”. It means welcome those who come in the name of God, a testament to the city’s Catholic heritage.