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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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Interesting but not the best Fort in Havana

A very big Fort and has amazing views of the city. This fort was never captured and was Fidel Castro's head quarters at the end of the revolution. Interesting exhibition about Che... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Broxbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very big Fort and has amazing views of the city. This fort was never captured and was Fidel Castro's head quarters at the end of the revolution. Interesting exhibition about Che Guevara but could have more to see. They fire a cannon here every night at 9pm.

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Aguascalientes, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I wasn't able to stay until late that day to enjoy the ceremony of "El Cañonazo" I had a very relaxin time on this part of Havana.

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place offers a fantastic view of Havana, It cost just a couple of Peso to enter, as you enter there is a cigar shop and a display of the world record holding longest cigar, 18m or so. At an extra cost you can enter into the Castillo itself.

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Breda, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impressive fortress on the other side of the river in Havana. We specially liked the Che Guevara museum which is inside the fortress!

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here for a nice view of the town. And it is. Windy. The towns humidity and noise seems far away.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

There are some great reasons to visit; the views over central Havana, the clearly signposted directions and museum pieces (covering pre-revolution Havana), the cannon display and especially the Che Guevara museum. You'll need a taxi to get there, but if you walk out towards Casablanca you can get the local ferry back to the city (1 CUC pp). A must... More 

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United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

The "Cañonazo de las nueve "ceremony is very interesting,this tradition began in the XVIII century,when the old Havana was surrounded by a wall,the canon was fired when the gates were opened and closed, at 6;00 am and at 9;00 pm;this tradition has been kept ,but only the 9;00 pm one. It is very popular in Cuba and when we cubans... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

We did not tour inside this imposing fortress but checked the ramparts. There is a shop on the grounds which one can purchase those fine Cuban cigars. San Carlos de la Cabana was built to replace the less defensible El Morro castle after the British had captured it in 1762 and thus Havana. The treaty conditions after the Seven Year's... More 

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Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

Do go in the evening- there is a nightly spectacle also popular with locals. Fantastic views.The procession is quite slow but worth waiting for the canon to be fired! Then head to a nearby restaurant for a late dinner.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

We went to see the sunset and the Cañonazo Festival. The sunset is beautiful and we can see the whole Havana. There is some museums to visit and the Cañonazo Festival is interesting to see.

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