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Castle of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro, Santiago de Cuba

On your visit to Santiago de Cuba, discover the incredible fortress known as Castle of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro

Castle of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro, Santiago de Cuba
Castle of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro
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The military fortress of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, also known as Castle of Morro, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 for its great value historical and architectural.

It was known formerly as the Museum of piracy, but changed its name, to adapt to the new general content of the museum in accordance with the environment where it is located.

It was built in 1638 to protect the Bay of Santiago as a series of fortifications, forming the most complete and best preserved fortress in the XVII century military architecture.

Walk the impressive castle and discover the amazing views from a observatory on a rocky outcrop known as the Morro. Contemplate the exquisiteness that make up the overlapped terraces linked together through ramps and ladders. The skill of the architects Juan Bautista Antonelli, John Císcara Ibañes, Juan Ramirez Císcara shown in the way that fits perfectly strength the contour of the ground.

You can visit the Museum – Castle of Morro de San Pedro de la Roca inside the main building, where you can see a large number of knives and swords, firearms and historical objects alongside documents of interest. It has five permanent exhibition halls showing the history and workings of the fort. The castle used to have a chapel which it has been recreated and displays a carved wooden Christ seventeenth century.

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El Morro. Santiago de Cuba

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