La Giraldilla in Castillo de la Real Fuerza

Yukondick

Whitehorse, Canada

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The present Castillo was completed in 1577 to replace one destroyed by the French in 1555. It became the home of the governors in Havana Cuba. In 1634, Juan Vitrián de Viamonte added a watchtower with a weathervane sculpted in the form of a woman, by Gerónimo Martín Pinzón, an artist from Havana, and based on the figure crowning La Giralda in Seville. A common suggestion is that it honours Inés de Bobadilla, Havana’s only female governor, who assumed control from her husband Hernando de Soto when he undertook an expedition to Florida. She spent many years scanning the horizon for signs of his returning ship. The figure became the symbol of the city of Havana (it features on the Havana Club rum label), and is now held at the City Museum while a copy is in place on the watchtower. 1/50 f4 ISO1000 Fuji S5Pro Nikon 12-24 @ 24mm

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