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A great piece of history

This really transports one back in time and seems to be well maintained. Some great exhibits with... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Castle or Fort with a moat

This is very photogenic with its moat and cannons. Kids would enjoy the medieval look of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Plaza de Armas | e/Calle O'Reilly y Av. del Puerto Calle Desamparado/San Pedro, Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This really transports one back in time and seems to be well maintained. Some great exhibits with things they have recovered from the bottom of the moat...yes, a real moat! Also a couple of rooms of recovered items from sunken ships around there...very interesting. Incredible...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is very photogenic with its moat and cannons. Kids would enjoy the medieval look of the castle. Entrance was 3CUC to see various historical displays. All signage was in Spanish so I relied on my travel companion to translate. I wish they would include...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle had a nice little museum with artifacts discovered under the sea. On the second floor is an enclosed museum room where I encountered one museum staff who offered to take a photo for me...then asked for money in one corner of the room...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cool historical spot with a great view back onto Old Havana. We went for the nightly Cannon firing (9 PM every night). It is a bit of a show with soldiers marching and carrying of the flame to light the cannon. The crowd was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This fort is located next to the Arms House just off the Plaza de Armas. It is an old large stone building which was the original fortress to the harbour. Apparently due to it being built at normal ground level it was ineffectively in being...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is actually quite a bit to see in this fort which includes a museum but be aware of a few things. First, the signage is all in Spanish so if you can't read it, it will be a challenge to understand what you are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This fort is a place of history. Walking over the draw bridge and into a historic building was a great experience. The exhibits were very interesting as well.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

One of Cuba’s most ancient castles and a wonderful example of architecture during Spain’s rule over the Caribbean.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 502deborahr
Reviewed November 27, 2018

Always passed by this place, first time to go in. Fascinating history. Staff is very helpful; go prepared to leave a tip. They deserve it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cordobatim
Reviewed November 27, 2018

This museum is really worth your time, a close walk from your cruise ship; it was once a fortress at the mouth of the harbor; the history of 15 and 16Century ships is fascinating and explained very well; great artifacts!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Now here is an offer, no regular could refuse ! (12 Replies)
Found this on a popular free ad site ! Relaxed and free time ????? :) Spend a week in the sun. We offer a 7 day Cuban vacation. You will visit 7 different cities, full of culture and history. Come and see Cuba in a relaxed atmosphere. In each city, you will have free time to explore, swim or sit on on the beach, rent a scooter to see many sights and at night go and watch a live show full of music and dancing. Valadero will be a one day stop. The next day we will visit Matanzas on our way to...More
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If this is Tuesday, we must be in Trinidad. Loved your spelling of Valdadero. Hop on the bus, Gus. ☺ ☺ ☺