Last Updated on September 1, 2022 by Left Lane
Sitting high atop the hill (Cerro del Vigía) in Ponce, Puerto Rico is the Cruceta del Vigía (or The Watchman Cross). Built in 1984, and coming in at 100’ feet tall. The 10 story tall, Cross Shaped Tower is visible for miles around.
When in Puerto Rico, we flew into San Juan (SJU) International Airport. Where we rented a car, and drove across the island to the City of Ponce.
We stayed at the beautiful Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort, with a beach view on the Caribbean Sea. As we approached our resort we could see the Cruceta del Vigía (the Watchman Cross) looming like a lone sentinel high above the city.
The outstretched arms of Cruceta del Vigía is actually a visitors sky bridge. Which offers some of the most amazing views over the second largest city in Puerto Rico. The arms stretch through the air for 70’ feet.
The hill which the Watchman Cross sits atop is known locally as Cerro del Vigía. The locals have been using it for its excellent vantage point since the early 1800’s.
In the exact place where Cruceta del Vigía now stands, was once a small hut, and a wooden cross used as a lookout post. From the top of which an island guard would keep lookout over the city.
The Watchman on duty kept watch for Pirates, Invaders, and Merchant ships approaching from the water. He would then use a flag warning system to notify either the Military to ready for battle, or the local Merchants to be prepared to do trade.
The Cruceta del Vigía is a modern day memorial, and a testament to the brave men who stood watch, and protected the island from threats. rom the top of Cerro del Vigía.
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