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  • Colonial Fortress: San Salvador de la Punta Fort

    San Salvador de la Punta Fort

    • Destination: Havana
    • Open: 3,4,5,6
    • Address: Ave. del Puerto y Prado, Havana City. Cuba
    • Telephone: (537) 8603196
  • Description

    La Punta just like El Morro was designed to protect the entrance to the Havana Bay that became an important and strategic entranceway to the harbor since the settlement of the town.

    What came to be known as La Punta was originally covered by heavy woods that cut off communications between nearby areas. This was considered harmful to the townspeople’s health and to the line of sight of the fortress’ artillery.

    On the other hand, the nonstop landings of corsairs in the area endangered the harbor and the town. That was why in 1559 it was resolved to post lookouts at La Punta. In 1582 the king Felipe II, convinced that it was necessary to reinforce fortresses and fleets, ordered the creation of a fortress system in several places of America having its center in Havana.

    To fulfill the task Juan de Tejeda was appointed governor of the island, because of his expertise in the matter of fortifications. He brought along the Italian engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli, who has been considered the most renowned professional to practice in 16th century Cuba.

    Punta FortressThe works began by 1590 and went on slowly. In 1595 a hurricane severely damaged the fortress, among other reasons, due to the thinness of its walls that were then more solidly rebuilt.

    By 1602 there was such a delay in the construction work that the engineer decided to make the fortress into a keep holding some 10 to 12 artillery pieces. Finally, as the years went by it was taken apart, leaving just 3 bastions.

    In 1630, due to the short distance between La Punta and El Morro and to increase the protection of the bay, a heavy copper chain was laid between them. This chain can be appreciated in some of the engravings of that time.

    In 1762 as a consequence of the fighting when the English attacked Havana, the English superiority took its toll on all the fortresses. The safety curtains and bastions of La Punta castle were destroyed during the invasion. At this time a chain branching out in several directions and held by heavy wood beams was laid. Its ends were tied to guns set-in at La Punta and El Morro. Some fragments of this piece still remain.

    Punta FortressLater on, with the Spanish back in power, a new governor arrived, fixing and enlarging the fortification system. In the 16th century some changes, such as the 4 esplanades built to accommodate a corresponding number of artillery pieces, were added at La Punta

    The castle, in 1997, was under an intense work of restoration, (by the City’s Historian Office), that gave it its original position on the rocks. Thanks to this work canons that were engraved in the rocks. The park that surrounds it, paved with striking red ceramic tiles, is a memento of the San Antonio, a Spanish ship foundered in front of the castle with a heavy load. Some of the cargo was recovered from the flotsam and now gives the area just outside the building a special and highly distinctive character.

    According to the historian of the city, Eusebio Leal, the most important part of this Museum of Maritime and Submarine archeology, is its interior vaults. It holds an exhibition of the objects discovered of the shipwreck from all the areas that had been researched in the Cuban seashores, providing a great amount of evidences as coins, ingots of valuable metals, wonderful stones, chains, ceramics, porcelain, weapons, navigation tools, sextants, etc.

    The exhibition at San Salvador de la Punta Castle, seems to complete the fantasy of a city that do not resign to abandon its domain on the sea..

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  • Airports next to San Salvador de la Punta Fort
  • Havana Airport

    José Martí International Airport (IATA: HAV, ICAO: MUHA), sometimes known by its former name Rancho-Boyeros Airport, is located 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Havana, Cuba, and is a hub for Cubana de Aviación, Aerogaviota, and Aero Caribbean, and former Latin American hub for Aeroflot Soviet Airlines.[2] It is Cuba's main international and domestic gateway, and serves several million passengers each year. The airport lies in the municipality of Boyeros and connects Havana with the rest of the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Europe, and one destination in Africa. It is named in memory of patriot and poet José Martí. In the 1960s the airport was bombed by B-26 aircraft from Brigade 2506, a CIA-sponsored group of Cuban exiles attempting to liberate Cuba from Fidel Castro. Cubans are not allowed to own aircraft or use the airport for either private or commercial flight. Only government-owned aircraft are allowed to use the facilities. There are currently four passenger terminals in use at the airport, plus a freight terminal.[3] Terminal 1 is used primarily for domestic flights. Terminal 2 opened in 1988, primarily for charter flights to the United States. Ten years later on April 27, 1998, the International Terminal 3 was opened by Canada's then-Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, and former Cuban president, Fidel Castro. International Terminal 3 offers many modern facilities and jetways that the former international Terminal 1 did not provide. Terminal 5 is operated by Aerocaribbean. Today, Copa Airlines is the foreign airline with most flights to the airport, operating 34 flights a week (roughly 5 daily flights) from Panama City, Panama, and Bogota, Colombia. The airport is operated by Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos (ECASA).

  • Playa Baracoa Airport

    Playa Baracoa Airport serves domestic flights scheduled by the local airline Aerogaviota and is situated about 28 km west of Havana, in the village of Playa Baracoa, (Province Artemisa).

  • Car Rental offices next to San Salvador de la Punta Fort Colonial Fortress
  • Car Rental office Museo de la Revolucion

    Calle Refugio. Nro. 1, entre Zuleta y Avenida de las Misiones
    78632271 485m

    Car Rental office Lido

    Consulado entre Animas y Trocadero, Centro Habana
    8609053 677m

    Car Rental office Hotel Sevilla

    Paseo del Padro esq Refugio, La Habana Vieja
    8669156 685m

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    Malecon esq Galeano, Centro Habana, La Habana
    8645349 745m

    Car Rental office Hotel Plaza

    Calle Ignacio Agramonte. Havana Vieja
    8668915 834m

  • Gas stations next to San Salvador de la Punta Fort Colonial Fortress
  • La Rampa

    Calle 23 e Infanta, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8731480/873148 2km 197m

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    L y 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334587 2km 916m

    Guanabo

    Vía Blanca No. 46005 y 462, Intermitente de Guanabo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 964093/964094 2km 916m

    Tángana

    Malecón y 13. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334588 3km 147m

    Riviera

    Paseo y Malecon. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333027 4km 611m

    17 y 12

    Calle 12 esq. a 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8339238/8333272 4km 914m

    Ayestarán

    Ayestarán y Ave. de Rancho Boyeros. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 666051 5km 173m

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    Calle 2 No. 518 e/ 5ta. B y 7ma. B, Miramar, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2041906/2047470 5km 999m

    Santa Catalina

    Santa Catalina y Vento. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 335531 6km 039m

    31 y 18

    Ave. 31 y 18, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040520 6km 696m

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  • Bar Cabana

    Cuba No. 12 esq. a Pena Pobre, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8605670 422m

    Don Ricardo, Hotel Palacio de O'Farril

    Cuba No. 102 esq. a Chacon, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8605080 629m

    La Divina Pastora

    Complejo Morro - Cabana, Casablanca, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8665432 708m

    La Tasca

    Complejo Morro - Cabana, Casablanca, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8665432 708m

    Los Doce Apostoles

    Complejo Morro - Cabana, Casablanca, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8638295 712m

    La Bodeguita del Medio

    Calle Empedrado No. 207, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671364 786m

    El Patio

    Plaza de la Catedral, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671034 821m

    Real Plaza, Hotel Plaza

    Zulueta No. 267 esq. a Neptuno, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 939486 837m

    El Mediterraneo, Hotel Parque Central

    Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8606627 870m

    El Paseo, Hotel Parque Central

    Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8666627 870m

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    2km 781m

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    4km 460m

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    6km 138m

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    9km 226m

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    9km 601m

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    9km 601m

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    5ta. Ave. esq. a 112. Havana City
    10km 917m

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  • Hotel Sevilla

    Paseo del Prado esq. a Refugio. Havana City
    (537) 8639030 651m

    Hotel Deauville

    Calle Galiano esq. a Malecón. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    753m

    Hotel Parque Central

    Paseo del Prado e/ Neptuno y Virtudes. Havana City
    870m

    Lonja del Comercio

    Calle Oficios esq. a Baratillo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 669628 1km 237m

    Hotel Vedado

    Calle O e/ 23 y 21. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    2km 392m

    Hotel Nacional

    Calle O y 21. Havana City
    (537) 8733564 2km 805m

    Hotel Cohiba

    Calle Paseo e/ 1ra. y 3ra. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    4km 654m

    Hotel Riviera

    Calle Paseo esq. a Malecón. Havana City
    (537) 662185 4km 742m

    Agromercado 15 y 24

    Calle 15 y 24, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333915 5km 613m

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    Ave. 5ta.B esq. a calle 2. Havana City. Cuba
    6km 020m

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  • Hermanos Ameijeiras

    San Lazaro No. 701 e/ Belascoain y Marquez Gonzalez. Centro Haban
    (537) 8761000 1km 585m

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    Calle L No. 151 e/ Linea y 13, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8333886 3km 015m

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    Calle 17 esq. a Paseo, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8382652-53 4km 188m

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    (537) 8368756 4km 742m

    Sucursal Servicios Médicos Internacionales

    Calle 18 No. 4304 e/ 43 y 47, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2040114 6km 395m

    Centro de Histoterapia Placentaria

    Calle 18 esq. a 43. Playa. Havana City. Cuba
    6km 417m

    Cira Garcia, Clinica Central

    Calle 20 No. 4101 esq. a 41. Playa . Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040331 6km 488m

    Ramon Pando Ferrer, Hospital

    Calle 76 No. 3104. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2654800 8km 950m

    Comodoro, SPA Club

    Ave 1ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2045049 9km 793m

    Orthopedic Hospital Frank Pais

    Ave. 51 No. 19603 e/ 196 y 200. Havana City, Cuba
    (537) 2627022 ext. 478 12km 892m

  • Drugstores next to San Salvador de la Punta Fort Colonial Fortress
  • International Drugstore Hotel Sevilla

    Calle Prado esq. a Trocadero. Havana City
    (5348) 8615703 651m

    International Drugstore Hotel Habana Libre

    Calle 23 esq. a L , Vedado. Havana City
    (5348) 8319538 2km 692m

    International Drugstore 41 y 20

    Ave. 41 esq. a 20, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2069985 6km 551m

    International Drugstore Casa Bella

    7ma. Ave. y 22 No. 2603. Havana City
    (537) 2047980 7km 056m

    International Drugstore Miramar Centro de Negocios

    Ave 3ra. y 82, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2044515 9km 592m

    International Drugstore SPA Comodoro

    Ave 3ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2049385 9km 793m

  • San Salvador de la Punta Fort 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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    • birdsofafeather1
      Lola
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      small fortress
      This small fortress situated at the western entry point to the harbor, played a crucial role in the defense of the city during the early colonial period. Built in the 16th century, this construction is a typical example of the architecture that characterizes this part of town. The fortress, which currently houses old artillery pieces and other relics of the past, was completely restored, including the original moat.

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      maira
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      sn salvador de la punta fort
      Former lookout tower -built in –XVII or XVIII-used during the metropolis for the surveillance, erected in the presumable place where the French pirate Jacques de Sores docked during his attack in 1555.

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      Robert
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      San Salvador de La Punta Castle
      The construction of this fortress started at the same time that of the Morro Castle and they were the most important works of the defensive plan of Havana due to their strategic location in both sides of the entrance to the bay. A trapezoidal plan with strongholds in its four vertexes and organized around a central square it meets the requirements of a recurrent model of Renaissance fortress. The sitting below the lot surrounding it allows us to perceive completely the configuration and dimensions of the castle. The two cylindrical sentry boxes that crowned the strongholds to the Avenida del Puerto are significant elements characterizing this work. This castle was the venue of the General Staff of the National Navy at the time of the Republic and after the year 1959 it became a School for Militias.

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      RebeccaP190725
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      “Ok... ”
      Got some nice photos here but there's not much to look around/ do, so we didn't stay too long. Probably our fault- I think we were expecting a museum but the fort was shut up when we went in.

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      yorksboy127
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      “Great photo op... ”
      Worth a visit just for the photos. Located on the malecon overlooking the harbour with great views. Visited lunchtime and was relatively quiet.

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      gandhy2014
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      “What happened when Drake threatened Havana ”
      Fort of San Salvador The British corsair Francis Drake almost led an assault over Havana in 1587. This event put in alarm the Spanish authorities determined to fortifier the Entrance Channel to the harbour. The italian architect Baptista Antonelli (the father) was comissioned to buitl two fortresses, one called El Morro, still stands in a rock projected to the sea;... More 

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      joestrong
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      “great landmark... ”
      i got some good pictures & video of this fort. i like the lighthouse, the view & the waves crashing up against the rocks...