El Cañuelo: the small fort that played a huge role defending Puerto Rico’s capital city

Puerto Rico is well known for its well-preserved Spanish fortifications in Old San Juan, such as El Morro, the most visited tourist attraction on the island. However, while you exploring the famous fort’s walls and enjoying the amazing view of the San Juan Bay, you may notice something else, a smaller and seemingly less impressive looking fort. Actually, it was El Morro’s most important ally in times of conflict. Fortín San Juan de la Cruz, known locally simply as El Cañuelo, was built on the west side of San Juan…

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The Mystery of the Medieval Fortress of Por-Bajin in Siberia.

The large archaeological site known as Por-Bajin sits on an island in the middle of Tere-Khol Lake, between the mountains of southern Siberia, and it is still one of the most mysterious ancient sites in Russia. The name Por-Bajin translates from the Tuva language as a “clay house”, and the excavations suggest that it was built in the 8th century AD, first as a palace and later converted into a monastery. The construction was probably destroyed first by an earthquake and then by a fire, leaving behind many questions and…

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