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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #8 of 111 attractions in Havana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
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Montreal, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
165 helpful votes 165 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Probably the one place in Havana where one can visit and learn about the many critical events that shaped Cuba and Havana

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Esch-sur-Alzette
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I have already been a few times in Havana, and a visit to the La Cabaña is always on the program. If it is for the "cañonasso", a ceremony held at 9pm to symbolise the closure of the portals of the ring wall of Old Havana during ancient times, or just to have a splendid view over the city of... More

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Miami, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Being on this wall, facing the sea on a sunny afternoon in Havana. Looking the Old Havana that has not changed much since its creation, may result in a similar to that of a time travel experience. At the time you can feel the moment and emotion when this impressive building stood up to protect the city. No doubt a... More

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carleton place
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My husband and I visit many forts and fortresses in North America and Europe. This one was impressive to look at, and the views were spectacular, but a lack of interpreters took something away from our enjoyment of the place. There was limited information posted and poor signage. We came away from it with a hunger for more knowledge that... More

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