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Fort Santa Cruz, Oran

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Fort Santa Cruz stands as one of three forts of the city cut deep into a hill and connected with tunnels to the other two. Built by Spaniards in 1577-1604 on strategically located Pic d’Aidour at 400 m (1,312 ft) above the sea, the fort offers panoramic views of the city and the Mers el Kebir where the British Royal Navy sank a French flotilla in 1940. The site's thick, continuous walls with embattlements stretch over a total of 2.5 km (1.6 mi). The fort also encompasses a large 300,000 l (79,252 gal) water tank that's part of the elaborate rainwater harvesting system. Make Fort Santa Cruz a centerpiece of your Oran vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Oran visit planner.
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  • A very beautiful site overlooking the city of oran. The site opens late March 2018. Predict half an hour. Easy access.
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  • Must-do because it's just beautiful, the view is breathtaking, a real cure and breath of oxygen this output, only downside a lot of traffic to get there but it's worth the cost
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  • for work in Oran, I was escorted by a family of friends to see the show from the Hill of Santa Cruz: gorgeous views of the Bay, man the Fort and Church Chapelle, worth going
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  • For commandeering views of Oran, its bay and the environs, the hike is so worth it. It takes about 90 minutes to hike up and about an hour to climb down to/from Casbah. Try going early morning when it’s cool.
  • Charming ancient stone fort with magnificent views of the city and ocean. Highly recommend a visit.
  • Wonderful view, people working on the renovation are doing a great job. It needs more local guides and to set it up for tourists.
  • A magnificently located fort on top of the hill overseeing the city. The architecture is typical of XVI century structures and is well preserved. Amazing views from the top
  • Most Beautiful View ever
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