Baluarte Santiago, Veracruz

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Ruin · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Baluarte de Santiago (Spanish for "Bastion of Santiago"), also known as the bastion of gunpowder, is located on Street Francisco Canal S/N, between Avenues Gómez Farías and 16 septiembre, in the port city of Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico.

It is a military building that was completed in 1635. Started construction of an integral wall surrounding, which consisted of seven bastions and formed the walled defense system of the city, being located at the southern end face Gulf Coast, whose purpose was to help safeguard the city and avoid the constant attacks that the Port of Veracruz was suffering.

It is the only surviving bastion of nine that guard the port of pirate and corsairs attacks. Defensive military construction restricted, thick and high walls.

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  • Excellent place to really absorb Mexico's maritime history, and the history of this amazing city. Along with San Juan de Ulua and the Museo Naval, the Baluarte helps provide some real understanding...  more »
  • The bulwark seems out-of-place but it was on the waterfront when it was built centuries ago. The site is a short walk from the hotel that we stayed at on the Malecon. It was closed when we visited...  more »
  • Im not sure about the museum itself because i didnt go in, but the structure is really cool and it has a great view.
  • Excellent place to learn the Veracruz's history💓
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