Must see attractions in Regla, Guanabacoa & the Forts

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    Parque Histórico Militar Morro-Cabaña

    This unmissable military park, included in the Habana Vieja Unesco World Heritage site, is arguably the most formidable defensive complex in Spain's…

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    Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla

    As important as it is diminutive, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla, which sits close to the dock in Regla, has a long and colorful history. Inside on…

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    Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

    This 18th-century colossus was built between 1763 and 1774 on a long, exposed ridge on the east side of Havana harbor to fill a weakness in the city's…

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    Estatua de Cristo

    This impossible-to-miss statue on a rise on the harbor's eastern side was created by Jilma Madera in 1958. It was promised to President Batista by his…

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    Museo Municipal de Guanabacoa

    Guanabacoa's main museum, like Regla's, is an important shrine to Santería, though you'll need to see past the run-down facilities and impassive 'guides'…

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    Museo Municipal de Regla

    If you've come to see Regla's church you should also check out this important museum. Don't be put off by its superficial dinginess – there are some…

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    Iglesia de Guanabacoa

    This church, in Parque Martí in the center of Guanabacoa, is also known as the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. It was designed by Lorenzo…

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    Museo de Comandancia del Che

    Probably the most interesting of the several museums spread around Havana's two eastern forts is this diminutive but nonetheless riveting exposé of the…

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    Ermita de Potosí

    Inexplicably, barely anyone visits this, the oldest church in Cuba, still standing in its original perch. The structure dates from around 1675 and is a…

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    Galería César Leal

    Humble Regla has a small gallery and an art school overseen by noted Cuban artist César Leal (b 1948). It holds regular expositions by the students or –…

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    Colina Lenin

    From Regla's boat dock, head straight (south) on Martí past Parque Guaicanamar, then turn left on Albuquerque and right on 24 de Febrero, the road to…

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    Crisis de Octubre

    On a grassy knoll outside La Cabaña fort, this outdoor museum of anachronistic-looking rockets and missiles dates to the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis …

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    Convento de Santo Domingo

    Convento de Santo Domingo is a sadly ruined convent with a handsome but mildewed baroque facade that's usually closed (there are no official hours, but…

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    Museo de Mártires

    Effectively an arm of Guanabacoa’s municipal museum, this tiny place on the road to Regla displays a scruffy selection of material relevant to the…

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    Museo de Fortificaciones y Armas

    Inside the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, this armaments museum contains weapons from bows and arrows to giant catapults and cannons.

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    Batería de Velasco

    A military emplacement beneath the walls of the Castillo de los Tres Santos Reyes Magnos del Morro, containing Krupp cannons last fired during the 1898…

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    Batería de los Doce Apóstoles

    A battery of 12 cannons (the 12 'apostles') set beneath the colossal ramparts of the Castillo de los Tres Santos Reyes Magnos del Morro.

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    Batería de la Divina Pastora

    A military emplacement that once protected Havana harbor from its position at the foot of the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña.

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    Observatorio Nacional

    Havana's distinctive national observatory sits on a hill above the Casablanca neighborhood on the eastern side of the harbor.