Castillo de la Real Fuerza: Havana's guardian

Castillo de la Real Fuerza: Havana's guardian

This imposing fortress once protected the city from pirates. Its ramparts provide one of the most beautiful views of Havana.

Built in 1588 by King Philip II of Spain to protect the city from pirates, the Castle of the Royal Force Havana is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It took African slaves and French prisoners almost 20 years to build this ambitious edifice.

The oldest stone fortress in the Americas, it still commands respect, with its deep moat and impressive ramparts, which offer stunning city views. In 1634, Jerónimo Martin Pinzón decorated its tower with a bronze weathervane in the form of a woman, the famous La Giraldilla, which has since become the symbol of Havana, and graces the label on Havana Club rum bottles.

The monument now houses a maritime museum dedicated to the castle's history and the preservation of the island's naval and underwater archaeological heritage.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza
Calle O'Reilly
Habana Vieja
10100 La Habana

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