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Flag photo for Monday, June 9, 2008

Sidewalk Photographer Alex Richman, who normally roams his Brooklyn neighborhood looking for interesting things to photograph—especially the American flag—recently took his feet to Puerto Rico for a short vacation.

While in Puerto Rico, Alex visited the big island’s most famous location, Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, or Fort San Felipe del Morro, which lies on the the northwestern point of of San Juan. The citadel was designed to protect the entrance to San Juan bay, and defend the city from seaborne enemies.

Named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1983, the fort is part of San Juan National Historic Site. Over two million visitors a year explore the windswept ramparts and passageways making the fort one of Puerto Rico’s main visitor attractions.

AR in PR three flags

This photo by Alex shows the Cross of Burgundy Flag (left), used by Spain as a naval ensign from 1506 to 1701, and up to 1843 as the land battle flag, and it is still used on uniforms, badges and patches.

The flag of Puerto Rico (center), which is always flown beside the U.S. flag, reflects Puerto Rico’s strong ties to Cuba, whose flag uses the same design, but with the elements changed by colors.

For more of Alex Richman’s photos from Puerto Rico, and other colorful images, see Sidewalk Photography.

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