Police Fort

This fort, locally known as the Comandancia de la Policia Nacional Revolucionaria de la Habana, is situated in the center of the city of Havana in Cuba.

Although this fort may look like a real colonial fort, it is not.

The first builing at this site, a cannon foundry, was constructed in 1588. This foundry was in use until 1624 and used copper from a mine near Santiago de Cuba called 'El Cobre'.

From 1708 to 1730 the 'San Telmo' bastion occupied this site. On the ruins of that bastion a city arsenal, called 'Maestranza de Artillería' was built. This arsenal was demolished in 1938 and replaced by the present structure.

So although this 'fort' is really a 20th century building, I like its appearance very much!

At present the building serves as the headquarters of the National Revolutionary Police Force of Havana. It can not be visited.


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Police Fort

This fort, locally known as the Comandancia de la Policia Nacional Revolucionaria de la Habana, is situated in the center of the city of Havana in Cuba.

Although this fort may look like a real colonial fort, it is not.

The first builing at this site, a cannon foundry, was constructed in 1588. This foundry was in use until 1624 and used copper from a mine near Santiago de Cuba called 'El Cobre'.

From 1708 to 1730 the 'San Telmo' bastion occupied this site. On the ruins of that bastion a city arsenal, called 'Maestranza de Artillería' was built. This arsenal was demolished in 1938 and replaced by the present structure.

So although this 'fort' is really a 20th century building, I like its appearance very much!

At present the building serves as the headquarters of the National Revolutionary Police Force of Havana. It can not be visited.


Gallery

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://www.castles.nl/police-fort#sigFreeId378c7c4538