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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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Extensive grounds, great views

This is a very extensive and historic fortress with great views of Old Havana. There are several exhibits to explore as well as a cigar shop, and the chapel is small but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very extensive and historic fortress with great views of Old Havana. There are several exhibits to explore as well as a cigar shop, and the chapel is small but beautiful. A cannon is fired at 9 every night, signaling the time the doors to the walled city used to be closed. You could spend a good deal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great old fort, well worth a visit at any time but evenings are good culminating with the canon being fired at 9pm. My suggestion is to reserve a table at the nearby El Canonazo Paladar restaurant for 7pm, have a leisurely dinner and then walk across to the Fort. You'll need to be in the fort by about 8.30 to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were here in Cuba havana on a tour with a great guide stopped hereand took many pictures of the view

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Luang Prabang, Laos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The sheer size of the battlements and area of the castle. Over the water from Havana Harbour and the start of the Malicon. Cross by ferry or by car through the tunnel. Great place to take all those kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The show takes you back to Pirates' era. uniforms,old fashion marching,at the end Blast of the cannon.It is better be there early to have a good spot to take photos and videos,there are lots of stalls selling souvenirs etc.so you can easily spend an hour so looking to the beautifull havana

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is an old castle that is best visited at night when there are shows. We got there at lunchtime when it was closed. There is a fab cigar and rum shop in the grounds which cost 2 pesos to walk round.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The largest fort in the Caribian and well worth a visit. In this heat, it must have been dreadful to fight in full armor. Can also be visited at night - when it is cooler.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Cool place with a shop with one of the most famous cigar rollers in the world. He rolled a 81 meter cigar for a world record and is working on a 90 meter on for Castro's 90th birthday. Walking around the fort was nice and peaceful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Our visit to the Castillo was in the evening to watch the daily firing of the cannon at 9pm. All personnel involved in the cannon firing are serving army officers dressed in traditional soldiers uniforms. Good views over to havana. Just a shame you have to run the gauntlet through the souvenir stalls when walking through the grounds.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

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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