On a rocky and steep crag exactly at the entrance of the bay of Santiago de Cuba, sits the military fortress San Pedro de la Roca or El Morro Castle.
Its walls and stone steps, the ancient dungeons where some of our most distinguished patriots suffered prison, the cannons and balustrades... keep a history of four centuries old. First colonial defensive ring of the city lived more or less outstanding moments like the naval battle of Santiago de Cuba, during the Hispanic-Cuban-American war in 1898.
It offers spectacular views of the city and the Caribbean Sea. For those daredevils a special challenge awaits them: to walk down its dozens of steps until reaching the first level very close to the sea. The climb up is troublesome, but the winning sensation when reaching the top is indescribable.
Since year 2001 every day at dusk is carried out a ceremony of shooting an old cannon, in tribute to the Cuban liberators who were kept in jail there.
Thanks to its architectural and historical values it was declared National Monument in 1979 and since 1997 it has been acknowledged as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity.
Today El Morro still welcomes from its majestic height the foreign and locals, in one of the most attractive summer proposals in the most Caribbean city of Cuba.
- Published in Specials