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Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Havana

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Explore a star-shaped fort built in the 1500s at Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Part of a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, this fort was originally designed to defend against pirates during a time when Havana was one of the most active commercial ports in the New World. The fort was reopened in 2010 as Cuba’s premiere maritime museum. The museum today displays a large amount of information from the 16th and 17th centuries as well as showcasing highly detailed ship models. Visitors learn about the layouts of various kinds of ships made and used in the harbor. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Castillo de la Real Fuerza by using our Havana itinerary builder.
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  • And this is an old fort that is in good shape with a nautical museum inside. Be sure, as elsewhere, to get a guide, since the exhibits need fleshing out.  more »
  • A very old Spanish fort with nice displays starting with the indigenous people that used to live on the island. Also had some recovered treasure from sunken ships. Lovely view of the bay as well.  more »
  • Read the history of Cuba. Be there at night when they sound the cannons. Part of your walking tour in Old Havana.  more »
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  • Very nice castle with outside display of century old canons including what must be a big bertha of those times.
  • Didn't go in because the museum lady was rude! Asked her a simple question in Spanish what kind of castle it was/what is was used for so we could understand what kind of museum we'd be entering and she rolled her eyes at me and said, "it's a museum, you need to pay."
  • What a cool castle! There is treasure inside, great views on the roof, and some neat history on top of the tower!
  • Very nice castle to see from the outside, the museum inside is quite boring unless you are interested in model ships and old cannons. The view from the top is ok
  • Very cool 16th century castle with exhibits on the colonial history of Havana. Watch out for security guards offering to take pictures of you with the exhibits. They are looking for tips.