We continue walking around San Juan.
The most cherished thing I really, really wanted to see in Puerto Rico was their Santos, wooden figures of saints. They are very small, made in rather primitive style, they sunk into my heart already in Cuba. I met them there in several houses.
I do not even know, whether there are museums in Cuba exposing Santos, or the fight against religion does not allow it there? But I found out from the guide book that they are present in Puerto Rico.
We decided to look at Santos in Museo de las Americas in
The most memorable image of Santos is "The Almighty Hand" - "La Mano Poderosa", that is a "mixture" of the Catholic tradition, brought by the Spaniards, with the West African and even the Muslim traditions. On the one hand, here's the hand of Jesus, nailed to the cross, and on the other hand - the hand of Fatima...
There are members of the holy family on each finger of the hand, which may vary (depending on personal proclivities).
And here are other Santos.
And this is the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe - though it's not quite Santos, but almost))). It is very popular both in the Caribbean and throughout Latin America, if I am not mistaken.
In addition to the exhibition of Santos, there are a lot of interesting things in the museum! I could easily spend there the whole day, which I simply didn't have, alas. Apparently, I should come back here!
Here are several photos from there.
This is the building of this museum.
And here are pictures of its surroundings.
And we continue walking around San Juan.
One of the "sights" of the city is a district of
. It's a poor and criminal district of the city, where it is better not to go even in the daytime. It was written in the guide book and I did not have a sense of adventure to try it.
La Perla is located just behind the pretty beautiful cemetery -
These photos were taken from the bus window, although, I do not think that it's too dangerous just to pass it by. But I read that it's better not to take pictures there...
La Perla is considered "the most beautiful slum in the world "...
Why not? There is a great view of the sea and of the fortress))).
Near La Perla, there is another "sight" of this kind - "The house that Crack Built", at the intersection of Tanca and San Sebastian streets and the walkway near the street called Calle Norzagaray.
Drug dealers and homeless people had occupied an abandoned house on the corner and made their home there. They were decorating the outer wall of the house with toys within several years. Then other residents began to add their toys)))...
I saw in pictures, how this cool house looked like before, but alas... It was simply demolished.
That's what has left (((...
And we are going further...
This is a monument to Columbus.
These pictures are also from there.
And here are just pictures of different places of the city...
Statue of Ponce de Leon at a small square called Plaza de San Jose was molded of the captured British cannon of the wartime).