El Castillo del Morro', Havana
Declared National Monument. Its construction started in 1589 and finished in 1630. Its construction was directed by Juan Bautista Antonelli, an Italian military engineer. It was the most important fort of the colonial times, not only from the strategic-military point of view, but also for its effectiveness as lighthouse and symbol of the city. When the British invasion took place in 1762, the castle was damaged. So it had to be reconstructed and upgraded. The lighthouse was built in 1844 to replace with a more modern one, the existing model from 1764.
Price:$ 5.00 USD ( turistas)
$ 5.00 MN (nacionales)
If you have the possibility don't miss to assist to a very suggestive cerimony...The Canonazo.
Every evening at 21:00 p.m. inside the fortress' scenery a group of young military of the Revolucionary Armed Forces in high huniform (ancient '700 uniforms) use to shoot the cannon....it's not only great to see but it also has an historic importance.
At the time of colony infact at the end of the day, people shoot the cannon to advise the town of the closing of its doors and of all the access of the bay....with a chain.....
Favorite thing: Carretera de la Cabana, Habana del este. This fortress has been built starting from the 1589 by the governor Juan de Tejeda on the project of the italian Giovanni Battista Antonelli. El Castillo del Morro had the function to warn of the enemy's presence....first of all the pirates! The original lighthouse was built over the "Morrillo" the highest point of the hill as long as in 1845 general Leopoldo O'Donnel ordered to build the one that we can visit today. This lighthouse is in stone. From the fortress you can see a spectacular view over the sea.....
Favorite thing: If you go up inside the lighthouse you'll have a spectacular windy view over the sea.....and of the Habana's bay.....
Fondest memory: Havana is the biggest city of the Caribbean. If you arrive at 'El Castillo del Morro' you can see in front of you a fantastic view of the city on the other side of the 'Bahia de La Habana'