Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana entrance

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

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana courtyard

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) at 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 dominions.

La Cabaña Facts

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana courtyard

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 objects here.

The entrance fee to the fortress costs $5. Children under 12 years have free access.

La Cabaña Location

La Cabaña is located in Regla, Havana, Cuba. Get help with directions using the map provided below:

La Cabaña Map

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