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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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Address: Havana, Cuba
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An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.

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Relaxing walk and great views of Havana

Admission is CUC $6 at the time of our travel. We visited during the daytime so we did not catch the cannon ceremony that held every night at 9pm. The views are great but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every night at 9:00 pm there is a traditional ceremony that ends with a cannon shot. It is an event that locals and tourists go. It is a long ritual and therefore you should be there just before 9pm. This castle is located in front of the Old Havana, on the other side of the channel. So you need a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Admission is CUC $6 at the time of our travel. We visited during the daytime so we did not catch the cannon ceremony that held every night at 9pm. The views are great but unfortunately all the shops, cafes and restaurants are closed over the New Year holiday. Only a couple of exhibitions still remain open (if we didn't see... More 

1 Thank perevaaa
Toulouse, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did not go to the ceremony or do the museum just happy to walk the grounds and admire the view. Very peaceful and enjoyable.

Thank maweb31
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

During Colonial times the firing of the canon indicated that everyone must be within the city walls for the night. Today, it is a ceremony with lots of pomp performed each evening and crowded with locals and tourists alike. It takes place at the large old colonial fortress on the other side of Havana across the harbor. It is also... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Unfortunately, I was not around at 9pm to witness the firing of the cannon. Before getting a taxi back to Havana, I did pop down to the wonderful La Divina Pastora, to take in the view, and to enjoy a cold drink. There were a lot of tourist stalls setting up in the Cabana in preparation for the 9pm firing.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

amazing views of Havana. But unfortunately, some doors were locked, almost no tourists. Just two exhibitions. Been a bit disappointed. But the view over Havanna was amazing

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

While the exhibits at the fort are fairly well done - beware of the 9pm canon firing ceremony! The ceremony should only be of moderate interest as it involves perhaps a total of 15 costumed re-enactors with one running around with a flaming torch and after twenty minutes of chanting and what-not actually firing the canon. Unfortunately, to view the... More 

1 Thank dojohn
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here after the beach to check it out. Walked in all the way in to the 2nd gate and then were told to go back the main gate to get a ticket that cost $5, it really cost $7 each. Signs would help here. Once inside all the exhibition halls were closed. We asked and were told they would... More 

1 Thank SJCPat
Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

At 9pm they fire a blank round from an old cannon, out across the entrance to the harbour. There are actors dressed in 18/19th century military uniforms who are part of the 'show', which starts around 30 minutes earlier. Best view is from the roof of the barracks building, which can be accessed via stairs at the far end. Entrance... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We only managed a visit as part of a tour there in the evening to see or rather hear the canon firing at 9pm. We had time to have a quick glance at the museum display but not enough really. The pageantry of the cannon ceremony was worth the visit and the views across the harbour mouth to take in... More 

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