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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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  • Well laid out, unfortunately only labelled in Spanish. Guide is available for extra Pesos. Get to see a replica of the Bluenose and other beautiful ships and bounty. Quick 45 minute walk around. Enjoy...  more »
  • The visit of this fortress was a pleasant surprise: exposure was incredibly rich and showed lots of items back in marine archaeological excavations: ingots of gold and silver, tiles, etc. It is well documented on the Organization of trade with neighbouring countries (Mexico). We have benefited from the explanations of one of the guardians on Customs (chains of marriage, etc) before discovering the magnificent model ships. It is a must see to understand the history of Cuba in the discovery of America
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  • With the fortress offers a nice view. Overall, nothing special, but still a good pastime. The fortress of old enough for those karjov
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  • 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.
  • There's a same place in Assasins creed lol