Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta), Havana

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San Salvador de la Punta Fortress is a fortress in the bay of Havana, Cuba.La Punta, just like El Morro was designed to protect the entrance to the Havana Bay that became an important and strategic entranceway to the harbor since the settlement of the town. The nonstop landings of corsairs in the area endangered the harbor and the town. That was why in 1559 it was resolved to post lookouts at La Punta.In 1582 the king Felipe II, convinced that it was necessary to reinforce fortresses and fleets, ordered the creation of a fortress system in several places of America having its center in Havana.To fulfill the task Juan de Tejeda was appointed governor of the island, because of his expertise in the matter of fortifications. He brought along the Italian engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli, who has been considered the most renowned professional to practice in 16th century Cuba. The works began by 1590 and went on slowly. In 1595 a hurricane severely damaged the fortress, among other reasons, due to the thinness of its walls that were then more solidly rebuilt. By 1602 there was such a delay in the construction work that the engineer decided to make the fortress into a keep holding some 10 to 12 artillery pieces. Finally, as the years went by it was taken apart, leaving just 3 bastions. In 1630, due to the short distance between La Punta and El Morro and to increase the protection of the bay, a heavy copper chain was laid between them. This chain can be appreciated in some of the engravings of that time.In 1762 as a consequence of the fighting during the British expedition against Cuba, the English superiority took its toll on all the fortresses. The safety curtains and bastions of La Punta castle were destroyed during the invasion. At this time a chain branching out in several directions and held by heavy wood beams was laid. Its ends were tied to guns set-in at La Punta and El Morro. Some fragments of this piece still remain. Later on, with the Spanish were back in power, a new governor arrived, fixing and enlarging the fortification system. In the 19th century some changes, such as the 4 esplanades built to accommodate a corresponding number of artillery pieces, were added at La Punta.
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  • Amazing location, gorgeous views of the sea and the surrounding area. Just me has discouraged mess of the historic site. More purity would like:)
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  • With low stone walls, also Shobo was so decided to visit only the appearance. But Moro fortress on the opposite bank of the cabanas fortress overlooking scenic point. Is between the fortress and the sea and the promenade, can admire the fortress from there.
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  • Night Cannon firing ceremony there was 21. It was a world seems to reproduce the old fashioned way, audience other than like came out from the machine. Castle in horse-drawn carriage and a souvenir shop. I think and know the place in advance.
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  • Castle Ruins. Clear sight of the Light house. Perfect place to see the sunset. Local people fishing around here, and Beware of the big waves.
  • Restoring the building but the inside is still very nice.
  • Go there at night and enjoy the views in tbe bay
  • Nice stroll on the Malecon for sunset. I wish the authorities picked up the rubbish lying around though.
  • Some of the pieces on display are amazing

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