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  • 1 Old Havana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de la Catedral CUB - La Habana

    Lying at the entrance to the bay between the Castillo San Salvador and the church of San Francisco de Paula, this bastion of Spanish colonialism embodies four centuries of illustrious history and is a Unesco World Heritage site. At its centre is Plaz..

  • 2 Plaza de Armas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de Armas CUB - La Habana

    Today the backdrop for musicians, booksellers and café terraces from where visitors may observe the locals' comings and goings under the shady palms at its centre, Havana's greatest square was formerly the setting for less leisurely activity. Laid ou..

  • 3 Palacio de los Capitanes Generales Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de Armas CUB - La Habana

    Standing on the west side of Plaza de Armas, this 18C palace symbolising the military force of the colonial power and later of the republic's presidency is a fine example of the splendours of the Baroque style. Trees grow in its charming central pati..

  • 4 Plaza de la Catedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de la Catedral CUB - La Habana

    This very busy square is best seen early in the morning or by night when subtle lighting gives it a magical quality. This picture postcard of a square in creole colours offers tourists fortune tellers, flower sellers in traditional costume and of cou..

  • 5 Cathedral of San Cristóbal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de la Catedral CUB - La Habana

    Two asymetric bell towers frame the typically Baroque façade of this cathedral surrounded by palaces on all sides. Built between 1748 and 1758 and dedicated to the Virgin, it is also known as San Cristobal in honour of Christopher Columbus. The façad..

  • 6 Church of San Francisco de Paula Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Av Desemparados CUB - La Habana

    Built between 1730 and 1745, this church stands on a little square giving onto the bay (performances here by Ars Longa whose repertoire ranges from medieval to Baroque music). It also used to incorporate a women's hospital, destroyed in 1946 along wi..

  • 7 National Museum of Fine Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Callé San Rafeal CUB - La Habana

    Opposite the theatre, this unmissable museum built in 1928 includes great names from the history of world painting. From Breughel the Younger to Velasquez taking in Tintoretto and Carpaccio on the way. It starts with an amazing collection of religiou..

  • 8 Viñales Valley Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CUB - Cuartel

    Tucked away in the mountains, this hidden valley is a little slice of paradise. Here among its curious terrain of "mogotes", tranquillity reigns. Dotted by bohios (palm-leaf roofed houses), a red earth landscape is punctuated by the varied ..

  • 9 Plaza Mayor Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza Mayor CUB - Trinidad

    All streets seem to lead to Plaza Mayor, a spot it is hard to tire of. Watched over by two bronze greyhounds and divided up into gardens shaded by gracious palm trees, this central square basks in the sun, surrounded by some jewels of Baroque archite..

  • 10 Calle Obispo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle Obispo CUB - La Habana

    This straight commercial thoroughfare links the museum of fine art to Plaza de Armas and abounds in architectural jewels (some of the oldest buildings in the historic centre) with styles ranging from colonial to Art Nouveau. At n°153 (hotel Ambos Mun..

  • 11 Farmacia y Droguería Taquechel Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    155 Calle Obispo 155 CUB - La Habana

    A journey back in time to the hushed ambience of a bygone apothecary shop. Tall display cabinets in precious woods display rich collections of vases and jars in French porcelain, lit by antique lamps. Nothing is missing from the scene set here; there..

  • 12 Palace of the Second in Command Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle O'Reilly CUB - La Habana

    To the left of the fortress on Plaza de Armas, the Marquis de la Torre built a post office ( Casa de Correos) in 1772. It subsequently housed the tax offices, and then military bureaucrats. In 1854 it became the residence of the island's vice-captain..

  • 13 Casa de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    54 Plaza de la catedral 54 CUB - La Habana

    On the left side of Plaza de la Catedral, facing the cathedral, stands the elegant façade of the Casa de los Marqueses de Aquas Claras, built between 1751 and 1775. Today it houses the restaurant El Patio. The fountain of the patio is delightfully co..

  • 14 Palacio de los Condes de Casa Bayona Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    61 Calle san ignacio 61 CUB - La Habana

    Opposite the cathedral, this palace is the square's oldest residence (1720). It has been the office of Havana's court clerks, the office of a republican newspaper and the headquarters of the state rum manufacturer. Today it houses the Museo de Arte C..

  • 15 Casa de la Condesa de la Reunión Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    215 Calle Empedrado 215 CUB - La Habana

    Built around 1820, this fine colonial building is a former private residence with a pleasant patio and an interesting staircase. Today it houses the Centro de Promoción Cultural Alejo Carpentier, dedicated to the famous Cuban author and in particular..

  • 16 Church and Convent of San Francisco de Asís Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza San Francisco de Asís CUB - La Habana

    Pediment, pilasters, symmetry: the full vocabulary of Baroque architecture is present in the lines of the façade. This sober Cuban version of Baroque was superimposed in 1720 onto an original building in danger of ruin. In 1842, the church became a s..

  • 17 Church and Convent of Santa Clara Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    610 Calle Cuba 610 CUB - La Habana

    On the corner of Cuba Street and Sol y Luz Street stands Cuba's oldest convent, founded in 1644. The nuns left in 1919, fleeing a noisy built-up area. Today the home of the national centre for conservation, restoration and museology, the restored str..

  • 18 Capitolio Nacional Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Paseo de Mati CUB - La Habana

    Dominating Old Havana, the dome of this colossus rises to 94m in height. This vestige of the American era is a replica of the Capitol in Washington. Built in 1929, today it houses the academy of sciences. The exterior staircase is flanked by monument..

  • 19 Palacio de Aldama Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CUB - La Habana

    On the corner of Bolivar Street and Amistad Street, Palacio de Aldama is composed of two buildings, erected in 1840 for a rich aristocrat. Ironically, it is today home to the institute for the history of the Cuban workers' movement and the socialist ..

  • 20 National Museum of Fine Arts (Cuban Section) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Avenida de las Misiones CUB - La Habana

    On Avenida de las Misiones (parallel to the Prado) stands an austere 1950s building housing the Cuban collection of the museum of fine art. Inside, a fine exhibition space over three floors displays the nation's art from the 16C to the present; there..

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