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

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Address: Paseo de Marti (Prado) y Av. del Puerto (Calle Desamparado/San Pedro), Havana, Cuba
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On a point (hence, the name) directly across from El Morro, La Punta took...

On a point (hence, the name) directly across from El Morro, La Punta took 11 years to build (1589-1600), under the supervision of the same Italian military engineer -- Juan Bautista Antonelli -- responsible for its sister fortress. The two forts are so close, it's said that voice communication is possible in calm weather. In the early 17th century a heavy chain was stretched between them, sealing the port at night and during attacks. Today the fortress has an even more romantic role in the city's unfolding drama: it's a favorite spot for lovers. COST: Free. Daily 10-10.

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Worth A Visit, Great Views Of Havana Too...

Our taxi driver took us over to the Jesus Christ statue and on return pulled into the fort - we hesitated whether to actually pay to get in (I think it was 6CUC each) but are glad... read more

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our taxi driver took us over to the Jesus Christ statue and on return pulled into the fort - we hesitated whether to actually pay to get in (I think it was 6CUC each) but are glad that we did. Not only was it interesting to wander through the buildings and see where Che Guevara's office was situated, there are... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This Spanish styled fort(Fort San Salvador) has amazing views of the Havana proper as well as its port and skyline of this beautiful city....Walking around you can see old rusty cannons that are no longer in use, but show what a great vantage point for the protection of the city by sea....Take time to explore all of the fort and... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 743 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Such beautiful history, Definitely don't miss out on walking the grounds and seeing all the different rooms of this fort and living museum.

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The fortress is large and commands the inlet to the harbor. Certainly would have been plenty effective against oncoming ships but vulnerable from the rear and that is how it was lost. There are a number of exhibits within, and walking through the various rooms is worth your time

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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Awesome place to explore! 6 Cuc's to enter per person. I would suggest having your taxi wait for you while you explore since finding a taxi back to Havana could be tricky.

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 577 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Fort San Salvador was engineered to protect the Havana Bay entrance and thus became an important entranceway to the harbor. The fort is an interesting, historic and photographic element of Havana's heritage. It also occupies a position that creates a most scenic location. It is certainly worth a visit..

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

$3 to enter. Was there near the end of the day (around 6PM) and we were only ones walking around. Interesting history (all the placards are in Spanish.) Walking around just taking in the history. There are some cool photos, one showing a giant waving crashing against the lighthouse across the bay. They seem to be in the middle of... More 

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Northridge, CA
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

As we walked along the Malecon we came to this place. A great set of ruins right on the water. Some interesting plaques on the ground. A great place to view things and watch the water.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

After strolling down the Malecon I ended up at For San Salvador. It was night but still lit up and made for an interesting back drop. Wish I would have come back during the day and saw the rest of it - Next time :)

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Belize
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Aside from being very well restored, the site boasts a small but very informative museum on the ground floor that explains not only the history of the fort itself but also how castles and fortresses have been built and modified throughout the centuries in Europe.

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