The Castillo de la Real Fuerza is one of Latin America’s most beautiful
castles. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982.
Castillo de la Real Fuerza History and Facts
Constructed of the castle started in 1555 and by 1577 it was completed. This
makes the Real Fuerza castle the oldest Spanish stone fortress in Latin America.
Castle of the Royal Force was primarily constructed to defend against pirate
attacks but soon became the official residence of the Governor of Havana.
The historic monument is most famous for its watchtower (added in 1634 and
now a symbol of Havana city), adorned with a bronze statuette in the shape of a woman (replica
of La Giraldilla of the Seville Cathedral, Spain) that is used as a weather vane.
The fortress’s exterior consists of a square segregated into nine equal
sections with four regular bastions reminiscent of Italian and French Renaissance architecture
and a pit with a perimetral wall.
The interior of the castle hosts some museums and a café. The most
interesting museum of all is the Museum de la Ceramica, a museum of pottery.
It is open daily and the entrance fee is $1.
The castle also hosts the Cuban Maritime museum which is
also worth a visit.
Castillo de la Real Fuerza Map&Location
Castillo de la Real Fuerza Address: O'Reilly, Havana, Cuba. Get help with
directions using the map provided bellow:
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