Old San Juan has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior, an acknowledgement that is expected to raise the international visibility of this city's colonial quarter.

The interim director of the Puerto Rico State Historic Preservation Office, Berenice Sueiro, told Efe on Tuesday that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced 13 additions to the NHL list, among which is the Old San Juan Historic District/Distrito Historico del Viejo San Juan.

"This is a recognition that cannot be quantified and a great source of pride," said Sueiro.

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