A few years after the reconstruction of the Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro), a tower was added that began to be used as a lighthouse in 1764. To begin with, the ten meter high tower of limestone and rock used firewood as fuel for its beam of light.

On June 21, 1845, the old lighthouse was replaced by one of ashlar, standing 45 meters above sea level, which is the same we can appreciate today, one of the best known images of Havana internationally. A century later, from 1945, the entire lighting system was electrified.

Despite dating from 1845, the El Morro Lighthouse offers a modern image consisting of an octagonal metal and glass dome specially designed to guide ships and aircraft. Guarding the city, it has a range of 18 nautical miles with two flashes of light every 15 seconds.

A spiral staircase of 170 steps serves as access to this lookout that offers an impressive view of the Historic Center of Old Havana.

A symbol of Havana, the centuries-old El Morro Lighthouse continues to defy the passage of time, resisting hurricanes and captivating passers-by with its irresistible charm.

Photo: Jose M. Correa
The Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro is the most emblematic of Cuban fortresses, whose lighthouse rises like a gigantic guardian of the city. Photo: Jose M. Correa
Photo: Jose M. Correa
Eternal symbol of Havana. Photo: Jose M. Correa
The Havana skyline would lose some of its charm without its lighthouse. Photo: Jose M. Correa