Castillo San Felipe del Morro (Fort San Felipe del Morro or Morro Castle)
You'll feel like a real Spanish soldier of 500 years ago as you walk by these incredible walls.
250 years of construction!
The construction of Fort 'San Felipe del Morro' (which refers to the "morro" as the protrusion of land above the sea), took nothing more and nothing less than 250 years for Spanish engineers who wanted to strengthen the construction with six-metre thick walls, which enabled a defence from seaborne enemy attacks. The first structure dates back to 1539, although it didn't end until the mid-eighteenth century. During this time, it suffered constant attacks by English pirates and Dutch fleets, but the final attack was in 1898 when American warship fire destroyed its lighthouse, which was subsequently replaced. The visit to 'Castillo San Felipe del Morro' includes a walk by the same walls that the Spanish soldiers used to guard almost 500 years ago, the watchtowers where the sentinels spent the long lost hours, and the cannons which they aimed at the bay.