La Punta Fortress, Havana
Sitting right at the bottom end of the Paseo Marti where it joins the Malecon is this small Castillo. One of the first lines of defence of the city the castle was built from 1589 during 11 years and is directly across the mouth of the river from El Morro. Both were constructed by the same Italian engineer Antonelli. Apparently most of the artifacts that were found during renovation of the outer walls and moat, have now been removed because of the danger of flooding during hurricane season. Times of opening are given as 10h00 until 18h00 Wed - Sun without closing, but when we got there at 12h15 were told "closed" and as it was a Sunday never got the chance to go back.
The other castle guarding the bay of Havana since colonial times. Work on it begain in 1590 ,and due to problems and wars in 1602 still not finished it was 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. The chain is raised every dya by 9PM to close the bay.A canon is fired to let all know the harbor is been closed.
To strengthned the castle after the British had attacked and conquered Havana in 1763-64, some changes, such as the 4 esplanades built to accommodate a corresponding number of artillery pieces, were added at La Punta. castle is free.museum admission is 3 USD or 6CUC , museum open from 10h-18h Wednesdays to Sundays
Museo que contiene los tesoros que se han encontrado en las mas recientes escavaciones y los barcos hundidos hace cientos de anos en la Bahia de La Habana en busca de objetos de los siglos XV,XVI,XVII,XVIII, entre las cuales de incluyen monedas,joyas etc.