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Top 10 places in Cuba-havana

Our app features the history of 102 monuments and great sites including places to discover Cuba-havana. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Cuba-havana

Visit Plaza de la Catedral (Cathedral Square)

Plaza de la Catedral (Cathedral Square)

It is a beautiful and harmonious square that is surrounded by the Cathedral (1777) and 18th century palaces. The palace of Count Lombillo hosts temporary exhibitions of photos, paintings and lithographs. The palace of the Marqueses of Arcos houses an Art gallery where you can buy handicrafts and... Read more

Visit Plaza de Armas (Arms Square)

Plaza de Armas (Arms Square)

Originally, “Plaza Mayor” was located on this site and was the real centre of the city, which included religious, political and military institutions in the newly founded city. In 1600, the buildings were destroyed and the site was given to the military; for half a century, they used it for... Read more

Visit Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Castle of the Royal Force)

Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Castle of the Royal Force)

The castle was built between 1558 and 1577 after the French corsair Jacques de Sores had put the city to fire and sword and completely destroyed the previous castle. But the fortress that is surrounded by a moat, thick walls and a drawbridge, quickly proved too cramped. It was also poorly suited to... Read more

Visit The basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

The basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

It was built between 1580 and 1591 for Franciscan monks, then it was restored and restructured during the 17th and 18th centuries, sometimes because of strong storms. The nearby monastery was built in 1739. It was used as a church and monastery, a Protestant church, Customs Board, post Office and... Read more

Visit Plaza Vieja (The Old Square)

Plaza Vieja (The Old Square)

This square emerged in 1559: at the time it was called Plaza Nueva. Recently, it was almost entirely renovated: you can find different styles of houses (baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau) surrounding the square. However, the ensemble is very homogeneous and include arcades, balconies, wrought... Read more

Visit The church of Our Lady of Grace

The church of Our Lady of Grace

The church of Our Lady of Grace is a Catholic church but it is also used by African people who follow the rituals of Santeria; it is a religious syncretism that blends Catholic beliefs with African beliefs. Believers worship Mary, who represents a Yoruba divinity and Obatala, who protects human... Read more

Visit Central Park

Central Park

It is really the heart of the modern city: it was designed, from 1877, after the walls of the former city had been demolished. In the centre, you will find the statue of José Mart that was sculpted in Rome and inaugurated in 1905. It is surrounded by sumptuous buildings: the Great Theatre, Hotel... Read more

Visit Hotel Inglaterra

Hotel Inglaterra

This hotel was built in 1875 and has a neoclassic style typical of Havana. But was makes it original is on the inside, in the hall: it is of Mudejar style (Spanish-Moorish). The beautiful and colourful majolica with geometric patterns covering the walls come from Seville, whereas the carved wooden... Read more

Visit The Great Theatre of Havana

The Great Theatre of Havana

The building that houses the theatre was built in 1915 by the Belgian architect Paul Belau: it is “Palacio del Centro Gallego”, that was built by well-off Spanish immigrants from Galicia. The neo-baroque decoration of the façade was completed by the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti: it represents... Read more

Visit El Capitolio (National Capitol Building)

El Capitolio (National Capitol Building)

This grandiose building was constructed between 1926 and 1929 under the leadership of General Machado and under the direction of the architect Eugenio Raynieri Piedra. He used the Capitol in Washington and the Pantheon in Paris as sources of inspiration to design the building. Many Cuban and... Read more

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