The San Felipe Fortress is a historical monument of the Dominican Republic, located in the north of the country in the province of Puerto Plata, with the most beautiful view due to the position where it is located.
The fortress is known as “El Morro de San Felipe”, it is situated on a hill on the “Puntilla del Malecón”, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, its strategic location protects the entrance to the city from the port. Today, the San Felipe Fortress serves as a museum displaying the important role it has played in the history of Puerto Plata and the Dominican Republic.
Today it is a museum displaying the original cannons facing the Atlantic, ancient weapons, and numerous secret chambers. It offers spectacular views over the coast of Puerto Plata and watching the sunset from the foot of the fortress, next to La Puntilla Park, is a daily activity for the people of Puerto Plata.
A key point in the history of Puerto Plata, the Fortress was built by the Spanish in the 16th century to defend the north coast of the country from the English and Dutch, as well as French pirates in search of the area’s abundant gold and silver. .
It is considered one of the most important colonial military structures in the Caribbean, it was completed in 1577 and later served as a prison until the years of the dictator Trujillo.
On your way through Puerto Plata, the fortress of San Felipe should be an almost mandatory visit, not only because of the history that it contains within its walls, but also because of the incredible views it offers of this part of the northern coast.
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