Cuba: Morro Castle Museum to Recall the Naval Battle of 1898

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Through a political -cultural act at the San Pedro de la Roca Morro Castle, of this city, will be remembered today the naval battle that ended, 115 years ago, the Spanish-Cuban- American War, the CUban Press agency reports. Here is their story–albeit somewhat awkwardly conveyed through their faulty translation.

The activity will be attended by intellectuals, artists and other participants in the 33rd Caribbean Festival, which begins on Wednesday in Santiago de Cuba, who will enjoy dancing, singing and the traditional Sunset Ceremony at about 7:00 pm.

They may also appreciate an exhibition of the international underwater heritage in different platforms of the old fortress, which construction began in 1638 with a project by Italian military engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli on a rocky promontory 70 meters above the sea level.

The Morro Castle, considered a jewel of military engineering in the Caribbean, is part of a site declared UNESCO World Heritage Historical Site in the bay of Santiago de Cuba, with several exponents associated to defensive works as cannon batteries and forts.

Yaima Viñals, specialist of the cultural institution, told ACN that on July 23, 1978, the Piracy Museum opened its doors to visitors and years later adopted the present name evoking the current governor who ordered erecting the strong fortification.

Some of its rooms , he said, tell on the conflict that marked the end of Spanish empire in Cuba, and also about the figure of Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete, head of the Spanish fleet which was annihilated in the bay by the superior artillery of U.S. vessels.

Indeed, in the coastal seabed still are the remains of Cristobal Colon, Almirante Oquendo and Vizcaya battleships and Furor and Pluto destroyers, all belonging to the Spanish navy, and the America ’s Merrimac.

On Siboney road is located, since 1998, a museum that chronicles the history and consequences of the aforementioned conflagration.

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