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Castillo de la Real Fuerza

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Address: Plaza de Armas | e/Calle O'Reilly y Av. del Puerto (Calle Desamparado/San Pedro), Havana, Cuba
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Interesting piece of history

It's hard to spend any time in Old Havana and not see this stone fort bordering the Plaza de Armas. Originally built to defend against attack by pirates, it suffered from a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's hard to spend any time in Old Havana and not see this stone fort bordering the Plaza de Armas. Originally built to defend against attack by pirates, it suffered from a poor strategic position, being too far inside the bay. The fort is considered to be the oldest stone fort in the Americas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The fascinating museum and gorgeous views from the top make up for the smallness of this fort compared to San Salvador or El Morro. It also makes for short but fun stop whilst touring Old Havana.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Completed in 1577, this is supposedly the oldest stone fort in the Americas. It was originally built to defend against pirates, but was too far inside the bay to be in strategic position.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This fort is right off of the Plaza de Armas. It is interesting to view from the outside. The views across the Canal de Estrada are great. The admission price is a bit steep. If you love forts, then visit. But I'd save my money and time for the forts in Casablanca.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of my favorite things in all of Havana. This Spanish castle was built in the 1400s, and is completely open for exploration and wandering. The exhibits throughout the castle tell the story of Cuba's maritime past, as well as showing historic coins and pirate treasures. You can access the roof, and then farther up to the top... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didnt go inside so I cant comment on that, but I really enjoyed the walk around it and simply chilling out admiring it. I got some amazing photos especially with the Cannons.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a nightly ritual where by a certain time they sound the canon. The part leading up to the canon is a bit drawn out and can get crowded, but it was still fun to witness and see. My kids loved it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

You can see treasure chests full of silver coins, original armor of Spanish conquistadores, playing dice made out of the vertebrae of animals, coins and jewels found in the sewer during excavations, a beautifully constructed small scale galleon with the belly of the ship cut out so you can see the various levels and how Europeans travelled back and forth... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is a picturesce fort that is in very good condition on a plaza which is interesting itself. It is also near the main shopping street

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Whoever built this fort (the Spanish) made the mistake of building it on the lowest bank of the river which left it at the mercy of anyone who occupied the hills on the opposite bank. Now its a small museum which takes about five minutes to walk around. The surrounding square though is interesting and offers shade from the midday... More 

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