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  • Colonial Fortress: Morro Castle

    Morro Castle, Havana . Cuba

    • Destination: Havana
    • Open: 3,4,5,6,7
    • Address From: Carretera de La Cabana, Eastern Havana, Havana City. Cuba
    • Telephone: (537) 863-7941
  • Description Colonial Fortress: Morro Castle, Havana . Cuba

    From the 16th century on, the advantages of the natural rocky elevation that lay by the bay’s entrance, called El Morro, became evident. At the beginning two lookouts were posted in this place to watch over the area. They had a slate roofed hut. In 1563, the authorities built a stone and mortar watchtower. The arrival of Tejeda and Antonelli gave El Morro a new importance. Alongside Antonelli worked his nephew Cristóbal de Roda as the engineer’s assistant. He takes the credit for drawing the first layout of Havana in 1603. In December 1588 the king appointed a keeper in charge of the fortress that was to be called ‘de los Tres Reyes’ (‘of the Three Kings’).

    Morro FortressBy 1594 El Morro already had a big moat and other changes that had been brought about by the survey made by the Fleet’s Captain Francisco Coloma, who had found El Morro too weak on the land side due to its low walls and the shallowness of the moat. Late in 1602 the wall facing the sea was erected by the entrance of the bay. Soon after a gun battery having twelve cannons was placed on a platform. From that time on they were known as Los Doce Apóstoles (The Apostles). Near the fortress another twelve were placed, known as La Pastora (The Shepherdess). Construction works ended by 1630.

    Morro FortressEl Morro is designed to fit in the sharp accidents of the elevation holding it, and to create successive levels of defensive fire all the way to sea level. It is an irregular polygon. The stones used in its construction were cut on the spot, dug out from the area of the moats. El Morro has wells, barracks, dungeons and a church. In the structure of the fortress there was a turret called El Morrillo used as watchtower. The number of ships within sight was announced with the tolling of the bell and with flags hanging over the gate of the castle. In December, 1845 a tower 30 meters high and 5 meters in diameter was inaugurated. It would become a symbol and a beacon of the city. The light of the lighthouse has a range of 35 miles.

    El Morro was the main scenario of the battle when the English attacked and captured the city with a powerful fleet in 1762. As a result of that battle, the bastions and walls were practically razed, having received the impact of forty thousand bombs and projectiles, as stated in British documents of the time. Then the Spanish flag was pulled down and substituted by the English one until the next year, when the city was again under Spanish rule. The fortress was rebuilt.

    Morro Fortress Morro Fortress is itself a large museum piece which tells us about the solutions of the renaissance architecture applied on the military strategy. Two theme halls show the visitors the history of navigation in Havana harbour, where objects rescued from a sunken ship at the entrance of Havana Bay in the 19th Century can be seen. Several temporary expositions with a number of themes are simultaneously displayed.

    The Three Morro Kings Fortress is included in the system of fortress that along with Old Havana was declared by the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Permanent exposition and a visit to the top of the beacon to enjoy the best views of the city are among its main attractions. In the evening the ceremony of lifting the flag takes place, according to the maritime traditions.

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  • Morro Castle is located in Havana
  • Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.

    The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.

    The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.

    Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.

    Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.

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    Construction of the Morro Castle, the fortress located at the entrance to the harbor, began in 1589 and concluded 1630, with the objective of warding off attacks by pirates and enemy fleets. It has since become one of Havana's most emblematic monuments. In 1762, during the seize of Havana by the British, the castle was defended by Luis Velasco, who was in command of the garrison and preferred to die rather than surrender. The lighthouse (45 m high) was added in 1845 and is now considered the distinctive symbol of Havana.

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    Havana symbol
    El Morro, perhaps one of the symbols of Havana together with the Giraldilla and other monuments. A must to every visitor who wants to enjoy nice views of havana and learn more about cuban and havana history. Its construction started in 1589 and finished in 1630. Its construction was directed by Juan Bautista Antonelli, an Italian military engineer, who also was architect of San Carlos de la Cabana. It was the most important fort of the colonial times, not only from the strategic-military point of view, but also for its effectiveness as lighthouse and symbol of the city. When the British invasion took place in 1762, the castle was damaged. So it had to be reconstructed and upgraded. The lighthouse was built in 1844 to replace with a more modern one, the existing model from 1764. Declared National Monument years ago.

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    Lo

    Visit Morro Castle
    Nearly three million people live in Havana, which has the country’s most important airport and is the seat of the central government. It is also noted for its fascinating history, night life and architecture. Havana is marked by world-class universities, hotels, theatres, museums, restaurants, night clubs, cultural and recreational centres, parks, squares, science institutes and sports facilities. Not to be missed are historical sites such as Morro Castle, the Malecon, Cathedral Square, Central Park, the Capitol building, La Rampa, the white-domed Coppelia ice cream parlor, Revolution Square, the Tropicana Nightclub, Guanabacoa, Miramar, El Vedado and San Antonio de los Baños. Hemingway’s favourite hangouts are still there, too—La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant, the Floridita restaurant, Ambos Mundos hotel and Cojimar fishing village. Just outside Havana are excellent beaches, among them Santa Marìa del Mar. Visit museums that specialize in the arts, sciences and history. These include: the Arms Museum, Literacy Museum, Jose Marti Birthplace, Museum of the City of Havana, Museum of Colonial Art, Museum of Decorative Arts, Museum of Natural Sciences, Museum of the People’s Struggle, Museum of the Revolution, Napoleonic Museum, National Museum of Fine Arts, Numismatic Museum, Postal Museum. (2 hours)

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    Lia

    Morro Castle
    This is the official name, but most ppl call it El Morro. It is a national monument that was built in early 17th century to protect the harbour entrance to the Bay of Havana. It was attached by the British from land in 1762 and Havana remained under British rule until a year later. The castle is in irregular shape and is surrounded by moats. There are four series of batteries facing different directions. The 10m tall lighthouse was added to the castle in 1844. It gives a panoramic view of the Malecon, old Havana, Vedado and the ocean. The breeze from the ocean is certainly welcoming, especially after a long walk!

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    Laura B

    “Good but beware of taxi fares ”
    It is a good place to visit but check on taxi fares before and after. You can see an historic place. It could be a bit more organised but well again.. its Cuba :)

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    1espresso

    “A must see.... ”
    While in Havana you should really go and visit el morro...you have a great view of the harbor. If lucky enough you may be able to visit with the harbor master.

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    Wms3070

    “Impressive harbor entry ”
    I didn't go to the fortified harbor entry and tower/lighthouse itself but I twice walked down to foreshore on the other side of harbor entrance. Great time to catch the colors of the brickwork at dawn and see the locals out fishing.

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    Colors68

    “Got to see it ”
    To go to the Morro Castle you have to go under water through a tunnel built in 1950's. Once you get to the Morro you will have an spectacular view of Havana. If you like history and architecture you have to go to El Morro. They have lots of souvenirs and a good cigar store with a very good selection.

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    Flavia V

    “My favorite place ever ”
    The sundown seen from here is the most beautiful thing you could ever watch! There is so much history within the walls of this majestic structure. This is one of the most popular attractions of Cuba and it's one of the landmarks. Trust me, you will not regret coming to La Habana and much less exploring places such as this... More 

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    CazzThom

    “Very impressive!! ”
    The Fort is really an amazing place steeped in history and tradition.All visitors to Havana really need to make sure they do not miss this. The 9 pm ceremony is really wonderful.

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    Natalie T

    “Great Experience. ”
    Must be done once. Children will specially enjoy the canonazo de las 9. Worth seeing the old costumes and customs.

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    Diannaa R

    “Best day in Havana ”
    Walked around for over an hour, meet some locals and stayed the whole day there for the 9 pm ceremony. Feel in love with the place and people. I will return next year!!

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    ILUVMYL

    “El Morro at Night ”
    An evening time event just to experience the reenactment of the firing of cannons by period costumed guards carrying torches! A great, "must do" activity. It was crowded but the throngs of people added to the air of festivity. Trinkets were for sale by vendors, but not overdone.

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    Earthwalker5

    “historic ceremony ”
    very interesting to walk around, abundant photo ops over to Havana and Malecon. Don't miss canon ceremony in period costumes. I stood near the actual roped off area close to activities photographing others photographers behind ceremony. I wonder whether best photos could be has a little further away from balcony- you will understand when you get there!