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San Severino Castle, Versailles

Visit the wonderful San Severino Castle and discover more about Matanza’s interesting and rich past

San Severino Castle, Versailles
San Severino Castle
© Roberto Garaicoa Martinez

Located to the northeast of Versailles and built in 1735, the San Severino Castle is an amazing battlemented fortress built in Matanzas following 16th and 17th century Italian and French Renaissance patterns.

It has been considered Cuba’s most important building since the birth of the city of Matanzas.

The San Severino Castle was designed to be one of the city’s points of defense, including the port, following the construction model of a Medieval castle, being a square of perfect dimensions and with battlements on its corners.

The castle was witness to the arrival of African slaves in the 18th century, working later as a prison for Cuban Rebels, some of them being executed in the interior square of the fortress.

The San Severino Castle served as a prison until the 1970s. Nowadays it houses the Slaves Route Museum.

If you decide to visit this amazing construction, you’ll not only enjoy an interesting range of historical and political information but also the wonderful views of the sea from the square.

More Information:


Avenida del Muelle, Matanzas, Cuba.

Ticket Price:

2 CUC.

Ticket Price to the chamber:

1 CUC.

Opening Hours:

Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00am to 07:00pm

Sundays from 09:00am to 12:00pm.



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