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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #9 of 116 Attractions in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
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El Paso
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We came in the off-season - no one here except staff. Huge grounds, great views of the city. Allow at least an hour and be prepared for some walking. A few exhibits of armour, weaponry. Good access from here to the nearby Christ statue and Casa Blanca ferry.

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Athens, Greece
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you are in Havana visit it. Every night at 9 there is the canon ceremony, the castle is beautiful and you have a great view of Havana!

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Castricum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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89 reviews 89 reviews
73 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Besides the very bureaucratic entrance tickets system (at the moment we were there, the electricity did not worked, and we had to wait for more than half an hour..), this fortress is beautiful. It is big, you can have a stroll around, and we saw the fantastic view with sunset. Every night from 9 pm you can see the canonball... More

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Cashiers, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you are allergic to walking and exercise then you may not want to explore here, but if that does not hinder you, then this is the place to tour. Great views of Havana, great history lesson and more.

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Montreal, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

After seeing a lot of castles and fortresses in Europe, nothing special here... But the view on Havana is wonderful, you can see Old Havan, Parque Central and Vedado with the Malecon!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Its better if you visit this place during night time but even if you are here during the afternoon it provides a great outlook of the old and new city.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

What is not to be missed here is the cerimony of the "cañonazo", that remembers the spanish Havana, when there was a canon shot to advise the people that the gates of the Havana wall was about to close and until the next morning no one could get in or get out. It worth the visit but it's a little... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Probably quite boring during the day, all you get is great views of the Habana Vieja and the Morro fort. In the evening you can watch the special ceremony called el canonazo which is a little bit funny, but interesting anyway (admission fee 8CUC). When the ceremony is over, you can go eat dinner in the restaurant inside the fort.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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222 reviews 222 reviews
100 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Went during the day after visiting El Morro next door. Certainly no stalls and characters dressed up when we were there, perhaps that all kicks off at night? It was quite dead, a bit dull and nothing had any information to go with it. We also thought it was cheeky that they want you to pay to use the Banos... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This attraction is not to be missed on a visit to Havana. This fort was built to protect the mouth of Havana harbor in its day. Much of the armament remains. It is best to first visit the city and become familiar with its hotels and plazas, as there is a point on the harbor side which has arrow directions... More

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