Sunday, February 24, 2019

The San Pedro de la Roca Morro Castle

     A few years back I was fortunate enough to visit Santiago de Cuba for a week and The San Pedro de la Roca Morro Castle on the southeastern coast of Cuba.  The view from the walls over looking the sea were simply breath taking.

Originally designed by Battista Antonelli in the late 1600's.   Antonelli's design was adapted to the situation of the fortress on the steep sides of the promontory reaching into the bay. It was constructed on a series of terraces; there were four main levels and three large bulwarks to house the artillery. Supplies would be delivered by sea and then stored in the large warehouse, which was cut directly into the rock, or transported up to the top level which housed the citadel. Construction of the citadel took 62 years, starting in 1638 and finally being completed in 1700,