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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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  • Even if I couldn't go in this fort, nothing that the landscape that it allows to enjoy is simply sublime. A beautiful view of the Bay of Oran.
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  • renovated... access is entirely possible today. secure location. Park at the level of the Chapel, then climb the stairs to the wrought iron gate...
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  • If it's in Oran, oran Bay view is breathtaking
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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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