THE NINE O’CLOCK CANNON FIRE (EL CAÑONAZO DE LAS NUEVE)
Every day, always at nine at night, a good part of Havana hears the deep sound of a familiar shot. It is the traditional cannon shot that marks exactly 2100 hours. This is carried out by skilled hands operating an ancient cannon that shoots a blank from the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña (Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña), from where the Havana City landscape can be gazed upon.
The nine o’clock cannon shot, as it is popularly known in Cuba, is a tradition that started in the XVIII century, when the Fortress shot a blank at six o’clock in the morning in order to announce the opening of the City gates, that would close again at nine o’clock at night.
During ancient times, a protecting wall surrounded Havana, today remains of that wall can still be seen in Old Havana, a Heritage of Humanity.
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