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Torreón de San Lázaro Turret

Discover the Torreón de San Lázaro Turret in Havana, Cuba, and learn much about Cuba’s defense system

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 watchtower located in Vedado, Havana.

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

It has this name as it was erected over the land previously occupied by a leper colony.

Its construction from a perfect stonework cylinder in three levels, with several loopholes on its second level; and a sturdy barricade with several embrasures on the top floor.

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

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