Tuesday Photo Challenge – Silhouette

This is my entry in the Dutch goes the Photo! Tuesday Photo Challenge – Silhouette

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Entrance to Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana

This is the entrance to the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana in Havana, Cuba. We and the persons silhouetted in the photograph are entering this fort on the top of a hill for the 9 o’clock cannon firing ceremony. El Canonazo is a 200-year-old ceremony to announce the closing of the city gates. The ceremony was carried out by a group of young men in white uniforms, who do this as part of their mandatory military service. They were quite serious, and, as far as we could tell (not understanding a word they said), the exhibition went off without a hitch, ending in a satisfying, loud boom.