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Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro

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Address: Carretera de la Cabana, Havana, Cuba
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+53 7 8620617
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Begun in 1589, Havana's landmark fort is named for the Reyes Magos -- the...

Begun in 1589, Havana's landmark fort is named for the Reyes Magos -- the Magi or Three Kings of Bethlehem, who are the patrons of its chapel -- and for the fact that it occupies a morro (promontory) at the harbor entrance. It and its sister fort across the way, La Punta, made Havana the safest port in the Americas at a time when both pirates and imperialists helped themselves to whatever could be had. Built into cliffs, El Morro was furnished with a battery of 12 cannons christened La Batería de los Doce Apóstoles (The Battery of the Twelve Apostles) facing the sea and another dozen, called Las Pastoras (The Shepherdesses) nearer the ramparts. The active lighthouse flashes its beam over Havana every 15 seconds. Inside the castle, across a moat and drawbridge, are stables, the chapel, dungeons, and a wine cellar. You'll also find the fortified vaults, which contain the Museo del Morro, with displays on the fortress itself; the Museo de la Navegación, with navigation and seafaring artifacts; and the Museo de Piratas, with exhibits and bits of folklore on pirates.

COST: $3. Tues.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 9-1.

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Very cool and unexpectedly interesting

The entry fee in Jan 2017 was $6 (6 CUC). It was totally worth the visit, and it's better if you come with a local guide who knows about the history of this fort. It's one of the... read more

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Mission, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entry fee in Jan 2017 was $6 (6 CUC). It was totally worth the visit, and it's better if you come with a local guide who knows about the history of this fort. It's one of the three that was built by the Spanish, but this was by far the most interesting one.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

The Castillo, also known as El Morro (there is even a second listing under that name on TripAdvisor) is very well visible across the channel from the Havana Malecon at the Paseo del Prado junction. It provides a lovely backdrop for people photography on the busy Malecon (boulevard).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is an easy trip across the harbour to Casablanca. The fort provides good views of Havana from across the water. The walk to the fort is not long with interesting attractions on the way including the lookout and a display of missiles, planes and other military weapons used against the United States.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

you can get up the lighthouse and see the narrow entrance of the harbor and the coast line of the city.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

3 Morro (rock promontory where the fort sits) Castles were built by the Spanish in the Caribbean, 2 of them in Cuba (1 in PR). El Morro Castle in Havana is an excellent example of how to fuse man-made pieces into natural surroundings, the Castle itself looks like part of the coast rock crop. El Castillo de los Tres Reyes... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful view! We were able to experience the castle on our tour. "Our group" even took a little side adventure when the tour guide and the rest of the people went back to the bus. After we came out of the little shops there's a tunnel before you head back down the castle. Once we got out of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

"morro" means rock in Spanish, which this fort is and it has served as a navigational landmark, perched on the rock promontory opposite Old Havana. Built in 1589, Morro Castle was constructed to protect the mouth of Havana harbor from foreign raids & pirates. It is impressive however now the cannons are rusty and the walls a bit crumbly and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2015

The visit of this Castle is really a must as it is one of the best preserved ones in the whole Caribbean. Intersting from an architectonical point, you can imagine its function when they closed the entrance to the inner harbour with a chain so that the pirates and other enemies couldn't enter it. And the highlight is the lighthouse.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2015

This fort is on the other side of the channel from the main part of Havana. The channel leads to the Havana Harbor, so as one would imagine it was a prime spot for a fortress. The fort itself is on many different levels all with spectacular views of Havana. Much of the grounds outside the fort walls houses various... More 

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