Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, or simply La Cabaña is the biggest
castle in the Americas. It is located in Havana, next to Morro
Castle. Since 1982 La Cabaña fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
La Cabaña History
La Cabaña was established during 1763-1774 by King Carlos III of Spain and
served as a very powerful defensive structure against terrestrial attacks. This colonial
military enclave occupies an area of 10 hectares (25 acres) on Havana’s harbor entrance.
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana is 750 meters long, and it could have
hosted 6000 men in the case of a battle. However, it wasn’t needed as the la Cabaña fortress
was never involved in any war. Its grandeur discouraged any attempts at war.
La Cabana fortress is an outstanding example of an eclectic architectural
style and includes curves, flanks, and lobes. Tall lush trees and bushes on the bay side, a
deep dry moat around the crown-shaped polygon, and pretty lawns adorn its exterior.
The interior consists of barracks, bunkers, huge brass cannons, and
fortifications called .caponiers and ravelins The Cannon Shot Ceremony that takes place here
every night commemorates the memories of prehistoric Havana and colonial military
La Cabaña Facts
Since the 18th century a shot was fired every day from the fortress to
signal the opening or the closure of the Havana gates. That shot is fired even today, every
morning at 9 AM and every night at 20:30 PM.
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana hosts one of the biggest weapon
collections in the Americas. Also visitors can see a permanent exhibition of Che Guevara’s
Entrance fee to the fortress costs $5. Children under 12 years have free
La Cabaña Map&Location
La Cabaña is located in
Regla, Havana, Cuba. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:
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