Torreón de San Lázaro

El Torreón de San Lázaro is round tower of masonry built on the shore of the Caleta de San Lazaro.[1] The Torreón de San Lázaro is approximately 4.57 metres (15.0 ft) in diameter and 9.14 metres (30.0 ft) high with embrasures along its wall at the intermediate level and a battlement parapet at the third level roof. It has a wooden entry door at ground level. With the passage of time, the San Lazaro cove was filled and the tower was included in a Republican-era park named after Major General Antonio Maceo. In an 1853 map of Havana it is shown as the Torreón de Vijias (lookouts). In 1982, the Torreón was inscribed along with other historic sites in Old Havana on the UNESCO World Heritage List, because of the city's importance in the European conquest of the New World and its unique architecture.[2]

El Torreón de San Lázaro
Torreón de San Lázaro.jpg
General information
Town or cityHavana
Coordinates23°08′30″N 82°22′27″W / 23.141605482397°N 82.37408954425452°W / 23.141605482397; -82.37408954425452Coordinates: 23°08′30″N 82°22′27″W / 23.141605482397°N 82.37408954425452°W / 23.141605482397; -82.37408954425452
Height9.14 metres
Diameter4.57 metres
Technical details
Structural systemLoad bearing
Floor count1


Marcos Lucio's Torreón de San Lázaro, built in 1665.
La Casa de Beneficencia y Maternidad. Map of barrio San Lazaro, 1855

From this fortification a lookout could warn military forces by way of torches of threats of attack by corsairs and pirates. In this regard, it served as a link in the defense chain between the Batería de la Reina, La Punta, and the Santa Clara Battery located at the site of today's Hotel Nacional.[3]


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  1. ^ "Torreón de San Lázaro…! Qué vienen los ingleses!". 6 December 2020. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
  2. ^ "Old Havana and its Fortification System". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Forts of Cuba". Retrieved 2021-11-08.