La Cruceta del Vigía Ponce, PR
a glass elevator takes you to the observation deck where you can enjoy exceptional views of Ponce
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Towering 300 feet above sea level and right across the street from the Museo Castillo Serrallés is one of Ponce’s most recognizable and iconic sights, La Cruceta del Vigía. During the early 19th Century, the port at the municipality of Ponce was routinely besieged by corsair and pirate attacks. In an effort to prevent any sacking and looting, a lookout post consisting of a hut and a cross was established at the summit of El Vigía Hill, north of the city. Whenever a ship was spotted in the distance, the sentry would raise a flag with the vessels’ country of origin, allowing town citizens and troops to prepare for possible incoming attacks.

A replica of the cross stands on the same spot that the original occupied long ago. The time-worn mast still exists, although badly damaged by the elements, and is on display in the lobby of the modern, concrete structure which stands over 100 feet tall. A glass elevator takes you to the observation deck where you can enjoy exceptional views of Ponce and the surrounding areas.

The adjacent grounds also feature a Japanese Garden, where oriental music drifts through the air, creating a serene, zen-like atmosphere. Coupled with the calming nature of the landscape – bonsai trees, reflecting ponds, and trickling waters – the undisturbed and impeccably tended garden offers a soothing experience for your eyes, ears, and soul.