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

4.2
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 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.
Make Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta) part of your personalized Havana itinerary using our Havana holiday planner .
Source
Create an itinerary including Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta)
map
Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta) Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
152 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Wonderful step back in time filled with lots of history and old culture. We walked around at our leisure and peeked in all the open doors we could find. The staff style ladies that we came in contact ...  more »
  • maybe the smallest fortress of all in havana. you can make the tour really quick. If you don't have anything to do in old havana or if you want to see it all...also some rooms were closed  more »
  • The visit is short and fast becoming, in general there are many representations of Spanish caravels and a particularly large with a lot of detail which is nice to see. But more than that there is... some old coins, etc, and that's it. When we were not offered us guide, and it was almost empty... very few people visited it, so we went with tranquility. Women who care for the exhibition halls, to hear that we are Argentines, they wanted us to sell coins in Exchange for CUC Che... that I think that it is not in a museum... hope so me of the jineteros on the street but not the employees of the Museum! Also they are not heavy, they only offer and if you fall you fall... If you have little time in Havana, I recommend you to go to the Castle San Carlos de la Cabaña, rather than this, but if you have course it is worth going around it.
    View original
Google
  • 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.
  • We viewed the castle from across the water, from the Malecon. It adds to the beauty of Havana
  • Beautiful place. Love it
  • Restoring the building but the inside is still very nice.
  • Go there at night and enjoy the views in tbe bay
Places to stay near Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta)

Plan your trip to Havana

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta) by other users

12 days in Havana BY A USER FROM SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS November, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Havana BY A USER FROM SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS November, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Havana BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Havana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Havana BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Cuba BY A USER FROM ISRAEL June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Cuba SEE PLAN July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Mexico & Cuba BY A USER FROM CANADA December, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 23 days in Cuba BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Havana BY A USER FROM IRELAND January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 38 days in Cuba BY A USER FROM CANADA June, outdoors, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 36 days in Havana BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans