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Fort of San Juan de Ulua

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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 historic place to let your imagination fly

If you like history you would find a lot of it in this place,the former Spanish forificacion , is located in the Chalchicueyecan Island (prehispanic name) , now known as San Juan... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you like history you would find a lot of it in this place,the former Spanish forificacion , is located in the Chalchicueyecan Island (prehispanic name) , now known as San Juan de Ulua. The resort and island are off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in the port city of Veracruz in the Mexican state of the same... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This tour was very informative and interesting. We were taken to every part of the fort and given the full history of it. You would do yourself a favor to take this tour. It was fun.

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Veracruz, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

It´s a very old place, foundated almost 500 years ago. It´s very interesting and beautiful. The only problem it´s that if you are not with a guide you won´t understand it because it doesn´t have enough signs to describe it.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Super interesting historical site, very close to our hotel (Emporio). Easy to get a bilingual guide if needed.

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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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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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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 42 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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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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