Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, Havana

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World heritage site · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Explore the historic Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, built in the 18th century to defend Havana from British colonial conquests. Now a public park, this fortress complex contains several museums, though most visitors come to climb the ramparts and take in the views of old Havana. Try not to miss the nightly cannon firing ceremony, which signals the closing of the city gates, a tradition cherished since colonial times. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana by using our Havana trip builder.
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  • Every night for 350 years, a cannon has been fired from the Fortaleza. Originally to signal closure of the City Gates and harbor, it lives on today as a source of local entertainment and pride...  more »
  • This fortress was so amazing and gigantic. The views were spectacular. You must visit here and pay attention to its history.  more »
  • Very nice place showing Cuba's heritage. Unfortunately people can't go there now for a vacation destination.
  • Pretty from the outside. It was being worked on, so I didn't get to see the inside. The grounds are nice. Lots of benches.

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