Real Fuerza Castle Museum, Havana . Cuba
- Calle OReilly and Avenida del Puerto, Old Havana
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
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This museum is housed by the oldest military fortress in the Americas, which construction dates back to 1577. This fortress used to be the residence of the Spanish colonial governors. The so-called “homage tower” serves as pedestal for the worldwide known statue of La Giraldilla, symbol of the Cuban capital. The museum exhibits works of renowned Cuban artists such as Amelia Pelaez, Wilfredo Lam, and Rene Portocarrero, among others
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Real Fuerza Castle Museum 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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