San Cristóbal Fort
Perched on a hill just west of downtown Gracias, the San Cristóbal fort was built in the mid-19th century as an afterthought to the turbulence raging across Central America in earlier decades. In spite of its impressive construction, the fort never saw any action and now fills with families on outings and lounging teens on a Sunday afternoon.The fort was the idea of Honduran and Salvadoran president Juan Lindo (he served 1847–1852), and the fort was built around his tomb six years after his death. In addition to admiring the two cannons (brought from the fort at Omoa), a good reason to visit is to check out the views across Gracias, the surrounding countryside, and Sierra de Celaque looming up to the southwest.The fort’s gates are open 7 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition