Castillo el Morro, Havana

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    the now dry moats of the Morro castle
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    El Morro, Havana symbol

    by russian_yaz Updated Oct 3, 2005

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    El Morro

    El Morro, perhaps one of the symbols of Havana together with the Giraldilla and other monuments. A must to every visitor who wants to enjoy nice views of havana and learn more about cuban and havana history.

    Its construction started in 1589 and finished in 1630. Its construction was directed by Juan Bautista Antonelli, an Italian military engineer, who also was architect of San Carlos de la Cabana. 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. Declared National Monument years ago.

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    El Castillo and La Fortaleza

    by Jefie Written Feb 6, 2006

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    El Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro and La Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabana are located across the bay of Havana. From La Habana Vieja, you can easily take a taxi to get through the tunnel. Built in 1763, the Fortaleza is a great place to go when you feel like getting away from the bustling city to walk around and enjoy the view of Havana from across the bay and perhaps get something to eat at one of the restaurants located inside the walls of the fortress. From the Fortaleza, you can easily walk to the Castillo. The main attraction of the Castillo is the lighthouse that was build in 1845 and is still in operation today. Visitors are allowed to climb up to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view. If you know a bit of Spanish you can talk with the lighthouse keeper who'll explain how the lighthouse works. I've been in many lighthouses before but it was my first time going into one that isn't fully automated so I really enjoyed my visit.

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    CASTILLO EL MORRO

    by LoriPori Written Nov 26, 2007

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    Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro or simply CASTILLO EL MORRO dominated the Port entrance and guarding the entrance to Havana Bay. Built in 1589 it was strategically placed here as there was already a natural elevation of rock.
    This impressive fort is perched on cliffs on the opposite side of the Harbor from old Havana,
    Entrance is 4 CUC and 2 CUC for a permit to take photos.

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    Castillo el Morro

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Jul 1, 2003

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    Castillo El Morro, Havana

    When you visit Havana, you have to go to La Regla and pay also a visit to the Castillo el Morro. Walk through the rooms and see the exhibits and enjoy the views over the city.

    The castle is huge and the rooms are big and you can find interesting information about the history of the place. You even can see the transport-system for the cannonballs.

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    El Morro: UNMISSABLE!

    by ainsleigh Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro, often simply known as "El Morro" is a beautiful fortress built into a cliff that guards the entrance to Havana Bay. It was built in 1589 by Italian engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli when Cuba was under the control of Spain, and is now crowned with a lighthouse built in 1845.

    El Morro is visible from many places along the Malecon, but it is definitely worth the short trip to visit inside. Once inside the fort, its massive towering walls abruptly overlook the unending sea, giving everything a sense of immenseness. You can wander freely through the fort, the narrow passages and dungeon areas, and climb right to the edge of the cliffs where the waves crash down below. It's a great place to take photos as the views are unbeatable.

    It's 4.00 CUC for admission, +2.00 CUC to climb in up into the lighthouse, and +2.00 CUC to take photos. There is also a touristy outdoor market near the entrance if you get the urge to do some souvenir shopping. It's all open and outdoors so it's worth trying to go on a cooler day. The whole fortress should take a few hours to explore, and it is absolutely breathtaking, so don't miss it!

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    Fort El Morro

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Owing to its vocation as a port city with a unique geographical location at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, Havana soon took on a dominant role as a trade and communication link between the Old and the New Worlds. The city became a sought-after prize, targeted by corsairs and pirates who attacked it on countless occasions. To guard against such attacks, the town erected a unique and impressive system of fortresses, four of which were located at the bay's entrance channel.
    'CASTILLO DE LOS TRES REYES DEL MORRO' (or simply El Morro) which built between 1588 and 1630. No other place in Havana offers such an all-embracing view of the capital's skyline.

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    Castillo de los Tres Santos Reyes Magnos del Morro

    by mim95 Written Aug 8, 2004

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    View of Vedado from El Morro

    This is the official name, but most ppl call it El Morro. It is a national monument that was built in early 17th century to protect the harbour entrance to the Bay of Havana. It was attached by the British from land in 1762 and Havana remained under British rule until a year later.

    The castle is in irregular shape and is surrounded by moats. There are four series of batteries facing different directions.

    The 10m tall lighthouse was added to the castle in 1844. It gives a panoramic view of the Malecon, old Havana, Vedado and the ocean. The breeze from the ocean is certainly welcoming, especially after a long walk!

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    by elgarbo Written Oct 15, 2005

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    Just a short hop across the harbour is the prominent Castle Morro, the fortress which was used to protect Havana in colonial days. Apparently the fort really goes off of a night time, but we visited during the day, and practically had the place to ourselves. There are some fascinating little displays, including the room that Che Guevara worked in during his time overseeing Cuba's finances.

    The views of Havana are spectacular from the fort, so it's well worth the short taxi ride there, if for no other reason. Also within walking distance of the other fortress, which is out on the peninsula.

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    Hit the Fortresses

    by Kindra Written Sep 17, 2008

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    There are two main fortresses in the Parque El Morro-Cabana, across the harbour from downtown Havana. You can take a bus but should be able to negotiate a taxi for $4-5.

    We were able to walk around and take pictures of El Morro fortress without paying and then walked the 5 minutes over to the Cabana fortress which cost $5 CUC to get in. The complex is quite sprawling with a few restaurants and refreshment stands. Be sure to enjoy the various views across the harbour to Havana and go to the part where there is a map and a series of numbers on the ground- if you stand on the number and face the direction of the arrow, you can locate the various landmarks of Havana like the Capitolio, Hotel Nacional, Plaza de la Revolucion etc.

    During the day, it is pretty quiet. It is $8 CUC to come after 4 pm but which entitles you to stay and watch the canons being fired off once dark hits.

    From there, we headed 10 minutes over to the Cristo statue and took the stairs down to Casablanca where we caught the ferry heading to la Habana Vieja - it is 1 peso nacional and they will search your bags (a result of the attempts to hijack these worn down old boats and take them to Miami. PS the perpetrators were executed).

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    Castillo del Morro

    by leffe3 Updated Aug 3, 2006

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    Completed in 1630, the castillo guards the entrance to the Canal de Entrada and offers one of the best views of Havana. The lighthouse was added in the nineteenth century.
    Interesting to simply explore the cobbled recesses and combine it with the Fortaleza de la Cabana. Take either a bus through the tunnel or take a ferry (docks near to the Convent of San Francisco: ferry goes to Casablanca which is close to the Fortaleza)

    Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 6.30pm
    Sunday 9.30am - 1pm
    Entrance Fee: $3

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    Castillo del Morro castle

    by gwened Updated Feb 8, 2014

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    The Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro is the most known castle fortress in Cuba, it was begun in 1589 and finish in 1660 to guard the bay of Havana.

    One of the must visit places while in Havana, the symbol of Havana The Giraldilla is on top of its towers.

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    Castilo El Morro

    by Sharon Updated Jun 20, 2003

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    A very beautiful historic place.
    You can have nice lunch there and many times you'll have some Cuban old music byh a group that will play for you while you are looking at the fantastic view of Havana.

    In the pic': a view on Havana. from the restaurant

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    El Morro

    by janchan Updated Jun 13, 2003

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    The castle of the Three Kings (Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro) called "El Morro" is the most famous fortress of the Caribbean.
    Its construction started in 1589 and finished in 1630 by the italian engineer Giovanni Battista Antonelli, on the east side of the Havana Bay.
    There is a quite interesting museum inside.

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    Castillo del Morro

    by draguza Updated May 5, 2011
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    The Morro Castle, or "El Morro" as it is most commonly known, is the first fort you'll come to after crossing under the harbor channel tunnel. Sitting on the point overlooking Havana's narrow harbor channel, it was built between 1589 and 1630 and served as an important line of defense against pirate attacks and naval invasions. In addition to its ramparts, barracks, and banks of cannons, El Morro has a series of exhibition rooms and minimuseums. You can walk the fort's ancient streets and even climb the still-functioning, 19th-century lighthouse here. El Morro affords excellent views of Havana and the curve of the Malecón, and there are several restaurants and bars here.

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    by reminio Written Dec 13, 2003

    The more beatiful part of Havana they is the castle.Atmospere of other season ,supermacy view of Havana and each evening in the 9 hour precisely representation of setto fire from soldiers dressed with uniforms .A impressive spectacle that it should not you lose.

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