Torreón de San Lázaro Turret

Discover the Torreón de San Lázaro Turret in Havana, Cuba.

Torreón de San Lázaro Turret, Vedado
Torreón de San Lázaro Turret
© Theodore Liebersfeld

Torreón de San Lázaro Turret, also known as Torreón de la Caleta Turret, is a monumental 18th century viewing tower located in Vedado, Havana.

This monumental tower was built by the engineer Marcos Lucio de Nueva España during 1665. It was built as defensive watchtower to spot enemy ships and worked as a nexus between La Punta Castle and La Chorrea Fortress, at a moment when pirates attacks were constant.

It is called this way because it was erected over the land previously occupied by a leprosarium.  

Its construction makes a perfect masonry cylinder in three levels, with several loopholes on its second level; and an effective wall with several embrasures in the top floor.

Nowadays it is part of a park to honor the general of the Independence War Antonio Maceo.

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