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Fort of San Juan de Ulua

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Address: Veracruz, Mexico
Phone Number: 2-938-5151
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Description: Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter...
Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter pirate attacks.
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A WINDOW TO HISTORY

Once built to defend the port against pirates and enemies, it was later used as one of the most infamous prisions for political disidents. Definetly worth a guided visit, or buy a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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Huayacocotla
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Once built to defend the port against pirates and enemies, it was later used as one of the most infamous prisions for political disidents. Definetly worth a guided visit, or buy a booklet to learn about this construction and its uses. Somewhat retired, if you don't have your own car, but with a taxi it takes perhaps 10 to 15... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Built to ward off pirates and foreign invasions, the fortress was enlarged throughout the colonial period until it became the massive complex you see today. After the Mexican Independence, the fort served as a prison noted for its harsh conditions and for the famous people incarcerated there, among them Benito Juárez. The beautiful crenellated walls, projecting straight up some 11m... More 

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Pittsburgh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I liked the people, food, waiters, drinks relax, hotel. I did not like poluted port water water. I did like all the many vendors coming to cafe tables.

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Veracruz, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

If you want to see some great Veracruz history then this is worth your time. Admittance is free on Sundays, so it can be very worth you money too. There are both group and private tours, in both English and Spanish. Or you can walk the fort on your own. It's rather large and, all things considered, one of the... More 

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I think this is the only Mexican prison I really fell in love with! Chucho "El Roto" story is an amazing example of the daily live of people from this city during XVII-XVIII centuries. This fort is very similar to those i have seen in Philippines and Macau.

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is by far my very favorite place in Veracruz. Have you ever seen a fort made out of coral? This is it! If you enjoy ancient historical buildings this is a most. I enjoy every single room.

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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Visited the Fort of San Juan de Ulua when I was very young and I have great memories, can't wait to return and have my kids experience it.

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Wissembourg, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Indeed the industrial activities around the fort is not nice. However this is really worth the visit. We saw that some renovation are on going. I hope that it will continue. In any case worth the visit

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We booked a ride for 150 pesos each on an open topped bus. Our guide spoke not a word of English and there were no interpretive signs. In and out of these dungeons for one hot and sticky hour. After all was said and done, we really had very little clue. Had to get home to find out about it.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Well worth seeing. The history behind the fort is amazing and you learn so much. How it was built and how Veracruz began to exist.

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Address: Address: Veracruz, Mexico
Phone Number: 2-938-5151
Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Veracruz  >  Veracruz

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