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Plaza Vieja, Havana: 9 reviews and 22 photos

  Old Square...Plaza Vieja
by russian_yaz

Being its creation ordered it, 1587 it was not until the second half of the l7th century that it gained in importance. Initially called Plaza Nueva (New Square), its name was changed to that of Plaza Vieja (Old Plaza) when the Plaza del Cristo (Christ Square) was built. By the end of the l7th century it was the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), a relevant trading place and residential area of the Cuban elite until the 18th century. In 1835, the construction on its center of the monumental Mercado de Cristina (Cristina?s Market) was completed in honor of Queen Cristina. It was replaced by a park in 1908 and afterwards by an underground parking lot.

The square, after its restoration in the late 90?s, recovered its original pavement. On its center there is a fountain of Carrara marble, a replica of the one that existed in this place in the past, that contributes to rescue the Plaza original charm.

It has many important building all around so it's worthy to spend couple of hours wondering around. There is a small bar-restorant on one corner where U'll taste good beers, dark and light. I recomend the dark one and ask for the "majuas fritas". Is a dish with very small fishes, very tasty!

Address: San Ignacio st. bt Mercaderes and Muralla Old Hava
Phone: +53 5 4985750
Website: http://liveincubanow.com/plaza-vieja/

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  • Written Apr 28, 2005
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