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Fort Santa Cruz, Oran

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Fort Santa Cruz stands as one of three forts of the city cut deep into a hill and connected with tunnels to the other two. Built by Spaniards in 1577-1604 on strategically located Pic d’Aidour at 400 m (1,312 ft) above the sea, the fort offers panoramic views of the city and the Mers el Kebir where the British Royal Navy sank a French flotilla in 1940. The site's thick, continuous walls with embattlements stretch over a total of 2.5 km (1.6 mi). The fort also encompasses a large 300,000 l (79,252 gal) water tank that's part of the elaborate rainwater harvesting system. Make Fort Santa Cruz a centerpiece of your Oran vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Oran visit planner.
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  • Lucky to get to the fort, it does not always work. The walls are up to 3 meters thick. The view opens to both sides of the bay. Oran in the palm of your hand. When you are in Oran, this fort can be seen from everywhere, and it is worth at least once to visit here. It is noteworthy that this fort did not participate in the fighting neither under the Spaniards nor under the French. You can get here only by car, there is a parking toll (locals collect money, it seems it is not official).
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  • Access by car, parking possible in a nearby car park. Beautiful view, free access to La Chapelle Santa Cruz, the fort is located above. Very disappointed that there is also a parking lot just above La Chapelle thus spoiling the photos... This parcel where cars park creates problems of traffic flow, parking should be done only in the other parking lot 2min walk away.
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  • A place to visit whenever in Oran. You’ll have an amazing view over the hole city.
  • Such an amazing place.
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