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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
Phone Number: 7/861-6130

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Unplanned visit lead to an interesting and informative experience. We even had the chance to walk up to the tight and tiny bell tower. Amazing view from up there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Unplanned visit lead to an interesting and informative experience. We even had the chance to walk up to the tight and tiny bell tower. Amazing view from up there.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Cuba was very important for the Spanish crown to the point of slating it as "the Key to the New world", "the gateway to the Americas" and it had to be defended at all costs. The Spanish colonialists carried out 3 defensive systems and Havana city became the most fortified city in Latin America. It all started out with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This fort dates back to the formal establishment of Havana's port in the mid-1500s. You would be hard pressed to find any New World European military architecture of that vintage. It's an impressive edifice, with thick walls and lots of armaments. I toured this several years ago, and don't recall it being so interesting. There must be millions of dollars... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is the oldest fort built by the Spanish in La Havana. It is located next to the plaza des armas in the old havana on the north side and wets of the Malecon. The artifacts in the fort are mainly related to the goild, silver trade and the naval experience of those times. Not an expensive entry. There is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Castillo de la Real Fuerza is situated near Plaza de Armas, by the sea. There is a Maritim museum inside the fortress, which has entrance fee, but it is free to go into the territory of the fortress and take a pictures. Weather vane - statue of La Giraldilla from 1634, symbol of Havana, standing on top of fortress´ tower,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It is the first military castle built in Havana to guard the entrance to the bay. Today it is a museum and you can even see some objects found on spanish wrecks just outside Havana bay. The structure still remains like it was in the 1600.

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Havana, Cuba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This construction is very old and the habaneros are very proud of it because Havana and Santo Domingo have the oldest fortresses in America. I ve been visited the Castle since I was born and I go getting older while the castle have changed only a few (and for better) What a shame! It was erected to substitute the first... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

in an old fort with a moat for only a couple of dollars you see a wide display of maritime and historic artifacts including the story of discovering the sunken treasure. Museum staff are extremely helpful and proud to assist and explain or answer questions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Was more interested in the building than the maritime museum that it houses. So different ot most of the other historical buildings in Havana but when you understand Cuba's history, it is easier to understand the need for such a fort.

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Telford,England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is an old Spanish fort or Castillo by the bay which houses a maritime museum. We had read good reviews on it so decided to give it a try. The entrance fee was 3 CUCs per person and we were approached by a guide, no price was negotiated but at the end he asked for 4 CUCs each, I... More 

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