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Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro, or “El Morro” as it is most commonly known, is the first fort you’ll come to after crossing under the harbor channel tunnel. Sitting on the point overlooking Havana’s narrow harbor channel, it was built between 1589 and 1630 and served as an important line of defense against pirate attacks and naval invasions. In addition to its ramparts, barracks, and banks of cannons, El Morro has a series of exhibition rooms and museums. You can walk the fort’s ancient streets and even climb the still-functioning, 19th-century lighthouse here. El Morro affords excellent views of Havana and the curve of the Malecón, and there are several restaurants and bars here.

Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro is one the symbols of Havana and one of the most visited places by both tourist and locals. It has been photographed and painted by many and has also appeared in several movies. Inside are several exhibitions, but the construction itself is worth a visit.

The lighthouse that crowns its turret was added in 1844 and it is good to guide the ships that arrive to the port.

By: Reynaldo V. A