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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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This is a very historical attraction, living in Cuba I always heard el Cañonazo de las 9 from my... read more

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A must see, at night they do the ceremony, at 9 the soldiers wearing costumes like the colonial... read more

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An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 23:00
Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a very historical attraction, living in Cuba I always heard el Cañonazo de las 9 from my house but never had the chance to go until now that I went for a family visit and we went there. This is a must see...More

Thank Janine O
Reviewed 3 days ago

A must see, at night they do the ceremony, at 9 the soldiers wearing costumes like the colonial period of time, shoot the cannon shot. Also have beatiful views of the city, you can buy souvenirs, visit the museum and eat in the restaurant, an...More

Thank 895tatiana
Reviewed 1 week ago

The largest fort in the America's remains a very impressive sight today. It was probably overkill to build something so big in the late 1700's, but British forces had captured Cuba for a period, and the King of Spain wanted to make sure that it...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

La Cabana was totally worth the drive over from Old Havana. The fortress is stunningly beautiful; it's almost like walking in an old, walled section of a European city. There are great views of Havana across the bay. The exhibits are interesting, telling the history...More

Thank DukeOKC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic view of Old Havana from this interesting place. Worth the visit over especially if you can make it over for sunset. Make for a magical photo opportunity :)

Thank Rick H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have no business in Havana if you haven't seen this. The original beginning of Havana. Beautiful architecture and full of history

Thank Ed P
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Many people will tell you to go to the "Ceremony" a reenactment of the closing of the gates in period costumes but don't wait until evening to arrive. There is lots to see and do and locals line up very early to be closest to...More

2  Thank Christina N
Reviewed 8 July 2017

...I attended the Canoñazo ceremony that takes place every night at 9:00PM. The fort is filled with history and the ceremony was both extremely interesting and educational. By attending, I learned a lot about the history of Havana and the ceremony itself. If you are ...More

2  Thank Viajero581
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Visited with a private tour guide who recommended that we didn't pay the entrance fee as he stated that there was not a lot to see unless we came back for the 9pm ceremony. Beautiful architecture and views over the city, took lots of photos...More

Thank Sally R
Reviewed 7 July 2017

In 1763 an 11 year project began which made San Carlos de la Cabaña the largest and most expensive fortress that Spain had built in the Americas. It is 700 metres long and 250 wide, occupying the entire hill of La Cabaña, above the Castillo...More

1  Thank rederob
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Craig M
21 July 2015|
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7 CUC is the entrance fee to La Cabaña and it allows you access to all museum rooms in the Castle, the chapel and any temporary art and arms exhibits. La Cabaña opens at 9:00 a.m. and it closes at 6:00 p.m. Please note that... More