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

Paseo de Marti (Prado) y Av. del Puerto (Calle Desamparado/San Pedro), Havana, Cuba
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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... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Nidgehammer
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
Over Look Havana from Fort San Salvador

This Spanish styled fort(Fort San Salvador) has amazing views of the Havana proper as well as its... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
mofishmo
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Medford, Oregon
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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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  • Very good50%
  • Average19%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Paseo de Marti (Prado) y Av. del Puerto (Calle Desamparado/San Pedro), Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

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...More

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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...More

Thank mofishmo
Reviewed 23 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.

Thank Bernardo F
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...More

Thank Ron W
Reviewed 9 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.

Thank Leslie H
Reviewed 6 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...More

Thank fiamma11
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...More

Thank Steve H
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.

Thank bcreff
Reviewed 16 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 :)

Thank TryppAdams
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.

Thank Tony H
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