Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta

One of many forts that were strategically placed on the Caribbean Sea for defensive purposes, Fort San Salvador (or Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta) is a sturdy fortress that's teeming with historical significance. Although it hasn't been used for anything of interest for some time, it does possess panoramic views of the bay in Havana and architecture that dates back as far as the 16th Century. Transport yourself to another time while on your holiday in Cuba.

Being one part of the most paramount trio of defensive structures in the bay of Havana, Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta was erected during the late 1500s and completed in 1630. It provided security for the growing city and its citizens while monitoring the ships that would enter. The fortress has had a storied past that's seen it used for border security, stables for livestock, and later, a museum that housed many displays of sunken treasure and precious gems or metals. Fort San Salvador has been a resilient structure that's withstood multiple hurricanes and even English invasion.

One of the picturesque details of Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta is being located in the intersection of Prado street and El Malecon. On top of that, it's besides a park that have views of the bay that rival most in the city. The closest of these spaces is a large plaza that wraps around the fortress. An unfathomable amount of ocean front to look down upon, while offering a spectacular open-air experience. The plaza is an attractive rendezvous point as well as a prime location for taking photos and taking a break between tours.

A Most Intriguing Story

One of the most intriguing stories related to Fort San Salvador is the infamous tale of the 250 ft. copper chain that was strung across the bay each evening to Morro Castle (also known as El Morro). Said to be one of the measures used to halt ships that were attempting to enter the bay under the cover of night, this chain was eventually destroyed along with areas of both El Morro and Fort San Salvador when the English invaded during the 18th Century. Even more fascinating is a telling and infinite scar from the invasion: a cannonball from the English fleet's attacks is embedded in the rock on the side of the fortress. The cannonball isn't actually featured during sightseeing here, but it is a well-known permanent fixture at the fort.

The Exhibits

In the past, the fort was used for displaying a great deal of treasure from shipwrecks, plunder from pirates, and artefacts brought over on boats from the Old World. However, the prospect of losing or damaging centuries-old pieces to the extreme marine weather of the Caribbean meant a need to relocate these to other museums in the area. Replica cannons are the only artefact that remains, but, here are still three exhibits that share informative titbits about Fort San Salvador's architecture, searching for shipwrecked artefacts, and some scalable models of ships seen coming past the fort from all manner of eras.

There are few dazzling curios left to explore at this fort, and one cannot expect to relive a very notorious part of Cuban history by exploring the grounds and taking in the sights and stories of this important site in the bay of Havana. Although this is the case, the grounds offer visitors the opportunity to have a seat on the Malecon walls, find a quiet bench from which to watch fishermen on the water, or take in the sight of couples and families as they make their way around the rim of the bay. The views are simply glorious and perfect for sunset photo ops. There is something for everyone in the plaza and around Fort San Salvador.

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