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Pigeon Park

Updated on May 21, 2013
Pigeon's Park
Pigeon's Park | Source

This pigeon park known as Parque de las Palomas, is part of the treasures with which the island of Puerto Rico enchants its visitors. Located in the Old San Juan at the intersection with the Fortaleza Street on the lower end of the street name Calle del Cristo and above the City Wall overlooking La Princesa, the San Juan Bay, and the cruise ship docks.

This famous cobblestone courtyard park is where families feed the pigeons and share an entertaining moment. Other visitors just want to appreciate the amazing view from it. Some will just stay near the fence to watch from a distance the many pigeons that live in the park.

Near the gate of this park is found the chapel dedicated to Saint Catalina from around 1635. Inside the chapel, a painting of the Christ was hung in June of 1750 commemorating the legend of a horse and its rider that miraculously were saved from the fall by the structure during the traditional horse race of the Festival of Saint Peter.

Chapel near the park's gate

Capilla del Cristo, San Juan, PR
Capilla del Cristo, San Juan, PR | Source

Sharing with the pigeons

The Old musician
The Old musician
The Old Tree
The Old Tree
Shoe statues
Shoe statues
View to San Juan Bay
View to San Juan Bay
Butterfly Caterpillar
Butterfly Caterpillar
Flower Cruz de Martha
Flower Cruz de Martha

Individuals in the Pigeon Park

We, the people, have individual characteristics that distinct us from others. This is so well appreciated at this park. Mark Twain said: "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." This park definitely provides a good time and space to stop and pause from our busy lives.

At the entrance of the park, an old man is found sitting as he plays an accordion. The rhythm he makes gives a pleasant touch to the squeak and coos coming from the young and old pigeons. He will be very grateful to receive a spare dollar from visitors.

The old chapel may talk about time flies, as well as the old trees which the roots, trunk, and branches inspire us into the activities we do daily. Get a rest sitting on one of the benches that this park provides and admire the picturesque environment.

My husband and I decided to share the wonders of this island for many reasons; one because of the lack of information that was out of the island and inside of it. These bronzed shoes pictured to the side, are one of those 'lacks of information'. What we know is that some people decided to immortalize their shoes. How, who, when, etc. is not found.

This park offers the view of the San Juan Bay where the sun will give its best shot as the world rotates permitting the sun to shine on the Old World. You don't have to be a professional photographer to grip the beauty within nature itself.

This time of the year caterpillars are crawling around their colorful show. They announce the appearance of the lepidopteras that will reveal, in its warm fluttering, the beginning of the Summer Solstice.

This hibiscus flower pictured to the side grows in warm climates. It is one of the hundreds of different hibiscus species. It is one of God's creation that not only provides a beautiful blossom to our eyes, but is edible for every living life. Birds will suck their syrup and eat their stamens. People may have them in salads, or drink them in a nutritious tea.

The next flower is known as Cruz de Malta (Maltesse Cross). This is a perennial flower. Both flowers come in different colors and are part of the visual charming that the Pigeons Park offers.

This park is absolutely one of the best spots in Puerto Rico. Definitely one of those spots that will never make you tired of visiting. Year round will surprise with its splendor offering what the each station brings.

It is said that if you feed the birds and one of them drops its poop on someone, this person has been anointed and blessed. Others will see it like bad luck, and for sure it is to me. Those that have not discovered their ornithophobia (bird phobia), this is the place to deal with it.

Moments with pigeons around


Shelter for pigeons

Pigeon's houses Old San Juan
Pigeon's houses Old San Juan | Source
Old San Juan, PR, Pigeons Park
Old San Juan, PR, Pigeons Park | Source

Pigeon Facts

I really don't know if these pigeons are considered wild, domestic or feral; perhaps a mix of all. I will go after more information of them meanwhile, did you know that...

  1. A squeaker is a young pigeon.
  2. A fledging is a young pigeon learning to fly.
  3. A yearling is a pigeon during its first year of life.
  4. A hen is a female pigeon.
  5. A cock is a male pigeon.
  6. If you want to have them around, special care must be taken.
  7. They are excellent pets.
  8. Pigeons have a great sense of direction known as homing instincts

You are welcome!

We have told you many times and we will keep saying that you are welcome to visit this island. Stay tuned to know more about this amazing island that never ends its offering to each one of the individuals in us.

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 2 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Muhittin, thanks so much for passing by and sharing your experience.

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      Muhittin 2 years ago

      Aww, adorable story!A flock of birds was miitragng, and stopped by to peck around. I tossed them some food and sang a song, and they stayed a while, even after they ate, twisting their little heads while listening (I'd learned that from my pet bird liking people songs).Maybe if mom sees there's food, water, and isn't scared, she'll stick around, and return in the future 8^)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I love this island.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Argh! good lady, the fun place is you and yours!!! The parks, the cities and the views would be common place without you as our guide.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks Ericdierker for encouraging. The park is a fun place beyond other emotions.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      billybuc thanks my ear friend. Lol, I need to have my camera ready because funny things happen all the time.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Your expression is priceless. A perfect picture of fun, thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very beautiful, Maria....and I want to see Greg in that video as well. :)



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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Ohh I will not take what you want...that video will be you and I will play it. Actually it is for my second hub about bird phobia and chasing cats.

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      This gets a funny along with all the rest. I want a video of you feeding those birds Honey. Ok????