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The preservation project of the city's Historical Centre and its social environment joins the interest in carrying out the cultural revitalisation of the city. That's why it gives life to a set of works cpmprising specialised houses, museums, squares and streets, buildings wich are exmaples of architectural, cultural and historical values. An option you must take advantage of with pleasure.
Old Havana, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, is the oldest part of Havana city and the one having more history. The visitor who adventures himself in its space discovers, as he walks, the rebirth of a colonial and baroque city, wich is magical and wonderful as its legends. This part is merged with the most modern and ecletic buildings wich give a touch of dynamic cosmopolitism.
Havana is the focal point of Cuban culture, rich in visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, actors and writers and the home office of the world famous Ballet Nacional, the Casa de las Americas and the Fundaci?n del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano; thus, important international events take place every year in this city, happenings such as movie, ballet and theatre festivals and the renowned Biennial of Visual Arts.

Old Havana still houses vestiges of its origins, such as the Alameda de Paula, next to the port, the Plaza de Armas and Cathedral Square, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza and the Morro and La Cabana castles, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the Palacio del Segundo Cabo, as well as the ruins of the walls that once surrounded it and the brick streets that have defied time in order to reveal all the greatness of the past.
The old and narrow cobblestone streets, the colourful stained glasses and mosaics, the balcony ironworks, the fresh and shadowy inner courtyards, the wide porches supported by tall colomns, the squeares and fortresses are lements which have bequeathed the "village"an own and unmistakable style.
Walk south on Paseo de Marti the Prado past Parque Central.
The Capitol is at your right. Havana's Capitolio Nacional, climb the stone steps to the entrance,
an airy portico supported by Corinthian columns, where you can purchase your ticket. Here you can also gaze at the world's third largest interior statue a cast of Pallas Athena representing the Cuban Republic.
At the end of 18th century, Havana began to expand beyond its tight limits and Havana-outside-the-walls was born. With the demolition of the wall in 1863, a process of urbanization was underway and the city experienced growth in every sense of the term. In 1902, after the U.S. intervention and the establishing of the Republic, the old part of Havana entered a period of decadence even though it still contained buildings of genuine architectural value.

  • Last visit to Havana: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Jun 7, 2007
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    great tips!

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    Sep 18, 2007 at 2:56 AM

    Nice Havana pages. Excellent work>>>>Stina//Stockholm

  • PremaMarie's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2007 at 5:53 AM

    I miss Cuba. I want to go back soon :o)

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    Jul 27, 2006 at 3:45 PM

    You have dedicated a lot of time and effort into your pages. Excellent work! Cheers . . . V . . .

  • CC81's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2006 at 1:06 PM

    Verdad que Habana es bella? La ciudad es romantica y espero volver para quitarme las ganas de todo lo que no logre hacer... Muy lindas fotos!!

  • Wiseman1964's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2006 at 9:16 PM

    Hola ____? You have great tips of cuba! I hope to go there and your advice helps. Best wishes to you! Ken

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2006 at 3:02 PM

    Great glimpse into a fascinating city! Gracias. Birthday greetings from Alaska - the other end of the americas....

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2006 at 8:31 AM

    Hola Y Feliz Cumpleaños desde Finlandia! Tu pagina de Habana es muy bonita y muy interesante. Cuba está muy alto en mi lista de lugares que quiera visitar en cerca futuro. Un saludo, Sini

  • Greybilby's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2006 at 8:48 PM

    this page radiates an amzing atmosphere. I would like to visit Havana. and today is your B'D..Happy Birthday

  • Jefie's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2005 at 7:43 AM

    Vamos a Habana por la primera vez en enero - gracias por todas las recomendaciones de restaurantes!

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