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    Tourist Attractions in Havana

    The most interesting tourist attractions places in Havana. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Havana

    The history of the capital of Cuba has more than 500 years. During this time, the city has acquired a unique and distinctive appearance and flavor. The area of Old Havana is listed by UNESCO as a heritage of mankind. The number of architectural monuments per unit area here is simply off the scale. Among them are ancient defensive fortresses, ancient squares with colonial buildings, the Cathedral of St. Christopher, the majestic Capitol, the Malecon embankment, etc.

    Havana can also offer a bright entertainment program. Every night is filled with Caribbean rhythms and the fun of nightclubs and cabarets. Colorful festivities, carnival processions with incendiary dances, music, luxurious outfits and a sea of positive emotions are regularly held in the city. In addition, 20 km of excellent beaches, water activities, notable fishing are adapted for recreation. The most interesting and beautiful tourist places for walking. Photos and a brief description.

    25 Top Tourist Attractions in Havana

    El Capitolio, Havana

    The grandiose Renaissance-style government building was opened in 1929. It is larger than a similar structure in Washington. Since 1960, one of the Cuban ministries, a historical museum, a scientific and technical library has been located here. A luxurious staircase with two 6-meter sculptures on the sides leads to the main entrance. The massive bronze doors are decorated with bas-reliefs on the theme of the history of Cuba. Under the dome in the floor of the Capitol there is a mark of the zero kilometer.

    Capitol in Havana
    Malecon Embankment

    Malecon Embankment

    It was built at the beginning of the XX century in order to protect urban structures from erosion by water. The length is 7 km . It covers 14 blocks with modern and old buildings, many monuments to national heroes and historical events. The venue of the annual Havana Carnival. UNESCO promotes the restoration of historical buildings – they acquire bright colored facades. There are many shops, restaurants, hotels. The tallest building in the capital, a 24–storey hospital, has been built here.

    Revolution Square

    It began to be built during the reign of Batista and was called a Civil or Republic. After the Cuban Revolution in the late 50s, it was renamed and became the venue for all rallies and demonstrations. The largest square of the capital, can accommodate up to 1.5 million people. Among the main objects is the marble memorial of Jose Marti with the tallest tower in the city. And also a huge portrait of Che Guevara, fixed on the facade of the Interior Ministry building.

    Revolution Square
    Jose Marti Memorial

    Jose Marti Memorial

    It was opened in 1958 on Revolution Square. It consists of a 109-meter five-pointed tower and an 18-meter statue of a Cuban poet and revolutionary. The pedestal near the monument is used as a podium during rallies and celebrations. At the top of the tower is an observation deck, the highest in Havana. Inside there is a museum, the exhibits of which are connected with the creativity and political activities of the national hero, as well as with the history of Revolution Square.

    Plaza de Armas

    The oldest square in Havana – the Armory – was laid by the Spaniards in 1519 for ceremonial events and military drill. It acquired its modern look in the XVIII century. Notable buildings include the Chapel of El Tempo, the Palace of the Captain Generals, the 5-star hotel "Santa Isabel" in the palace of the XVIII century. In the center is a monument to Carlos Manuel de Cespendez. There is a famous book market on the square, where they sell old magazines, books and paintings, and small souvenirs.

    Plaza de Armas
    Plaza Vieja

    Plaza Vieja, Havana

    Having appeared in 1559, the Old Square managed to visit a place of rest, a shopping center, a territory for executions, processions, bullfights. It acquired a modern look in the XVIII century, when arcades were rebuilt along the perimeter. The architecture of the buildings is intertwined with different styles from Baroque to modernism. It houses a photo library, an art gallery, and a Visual Art Center. There are many bars and cafes. In the center is a fountain from 1796. Musicians play every evening.

    Prado Boulevard, Havana

    The main walking area of Havana with shady trees, lanterns, lion sculptures and marble benches. Length – 2 km. It originates from Central Park and stretches to the embankment. It traces its history back to the XVIII century. However, it acquired its current appearance after reconstruction in 1929. Along the street there are the Capitol, the House of Science, the Bolshoi Theater, the Moorish House, the Wedding Palace, hotels and other buildings. There is a monument to Hemingway near the Floridita bar.

    Prado Boulevard
    The Grand Theater of Havana

    The Grand Theater of Havana

    It traces its history back to 1838. Although the current appearance in the Baroque style was acquired in 1915. One of the most beautiful buildings in Havana. Its facade and interior are decorated with statues of the Italian master Moretti. It has several concert and rehearsal halls, many galleries, a choral center. The main hall of Garcia Lorca has 1,500 seats. The home stage of the National Ballet. Venue for festivals of ballet, jazz, Caribbean culture, theater, etc.

    Museum of the Revolution, Havana

    It was founded in 1959. It is located in the building of the former Presidential Palace. It consists of 30 halls, in which about 9 thousand exhibits are presented. The museum displays the history of the struggle of the Cuban people for their independence, starting with the colonial seizure of the island by the Spaniards and ending with the events of the Cuban Revolution, as well as the period after 1959. Some of the exhibits are located in the park behind the museum. These are samples of equipment that took part in military events.

    Museum of the Revolution
    National Museum of Fine Arts

    National Museum of Fine Arts

    It was established in 1913. The largest art museum in the country. Its expositions are located in 2 buildings. The Palace of Fine Arts contains a collection of works by Cuban masters dating back to the XVIII century. All schools and currents are represented, more than 1200 paintings, sculptures and engravings. The Asturian Center exhibits paintings by European and American painters. Special attention is paid to the Flemish and Spanish artists of the XIX century. The art of the ancient world is also presented.

    F.A.C, Havana

    Gallery of modern art on the territory of the former plant for the production of vegetable oil. It opened in 2014. The most fashionable place in Havana, where creative life is in full swing around the clock. Samples of modern painting and literature, photography and sculpture are presented. Live music sounds, parties, screenings, receptions, enchanting performances are regularly held. There are many bars with a large selection of cocktails at affordable prices. There is a restaurant with original cuisine on the roof.

    F.A.C
    Napoleonic Museum

    Napoleonic Museum

    The basis for the creation of the museum was the collection of the Cuban tycoon Julio Lobo, a great admirer of Napoleon. Today, about 8 thousand exhibits are stored in museum collections, the main one of which is a death mask taken by the personal doctor of the French emperor. Furniture, weapons, clothing of the Bonaparte era, his personal belongings, sculptures and paintings, a library of 5 thousand volumes in different languages are also presented. The expositions are located in a 4-storey old mansion.

    Ernest Hemingway House Museum

    Finca la Vigia, an estate in the southeast of Havana, was donated to the government by Hemingway's wife after his death. The writer spent 20 years here. The house is located on a hill near the sea. Inside, the atmosphere that was during the life of the master is recreated. His fishing and hunting trophies, weapons, photographs are hung on the walls, dishes are placed in the dining room, 9 thousand books are stored on the shelves. In the yard there is a boat on which Hemingway liked to go to sea.

    Ernest Hemingway House Museum
    Havana Club Rum Museum

    Havana Club Rum Museum

    It was opened in 2000 on the initiative of the company that produces the world's best-selling rum. Located in old Havana, on two floors of a historic building of the XVIII century. Visitors are shown a workshop for making barrels for aging rum, the main stages of its production. Models of Cuban factories and railways are presented. On weekends, you can listen to Cuban musical groups in the museum. There is a possibility of tasting and buying the rum variety you like.

    Cathedral of Havana

    It began to be built by Jesuit monks in the middle of the XVIII century. After their expulsion from the country, it was gradually completed with the participation of invited Italian masters. It was consecrated in 1798. It is made in Baroque style of coral limestone interspersed with shells. The two side towers of the cathedral are asymmetrical. One was already made so that during the rain the water could flow freely from the Cathedral Square. Until 1896, the remains of Columbus rested here, then they were taken to Spain.

    Cathedral of Havana
    Church of St. Francis of Assisi

    Church of St. Francis of Assisi

    A monumental structure in the Baroque style on the square of the same name. It was built in the XVI century. The 42-meter church bell tower is the tallest religious building in Havana. There is an observation deck at the top. The church is part of a former Franciscan monastery. Today, a museum has been opened in it, where numerous historical and religious values are stored. The church hall has excellent acoustics, chamber music concerts are regularly held here.

    The Havana Christ

    The 20-meter statue of Jesus made of snow-white Italian marble was created in 1958. It weighs 320 tons. The sculptor is Hilma Madera. The project was funded by the wife of Cuban President Batista. The majestic monument was sculpted in parts in Italy, then transported to Havana. It was installed on the hill of La Cabagna, on a 3-meter pedestal and at an altitude of 50 meters above sea level. Three times it was struck by lightning strikes and restored. As a result, a lightning rod was erected nearby.

    The Havana Christ
    La Real Fuerza

    La Real Fuerza

    One of the oldest fortresses in America. It is located in the eastern part of the city and has been preserved better than other defensive forts. It was built in the XVI century in order to protect the harbor from pirates. Over the next 2 centuries, it was rebuilt and strengthened several times. On one of the bastions there is a tower with a weather vane in the form of a girl. Since 2010, a Maritime Museum has been operating here, where you can see models of ships, navigation instruments, objects from sunken ships.

    El Morro

    The indestructible symbol of Havana is a fortress on a rocky hill. It was built at the end of the XVI-beginning of the XVII century to protect the entrance to the harbor. The fortress is based on 3 bastions and a 25-meter lighthouse. The fort's cannons are rusty, but the walls are perfectly preserved. They have a good view of the whole of old Havana. Today, an exhibition dedicated to Cuban lighthouses is located inside the castle. You can get to the fortress by car or bus through an underground tunnel built under the bay.

    El Morro
    San Carlos de la Cabagna

    San Carlos de la Cabagna

    Grandiose, the largest fortress complex in the country, built in the XVIII century. 120 cannons were placed on its 700-meter-high walls. In the XIX-XX centuries the fortress served as a prison. In the 50s, during the revolution, Che Guevara's commandant's office was located here. Since the end of the last century, it has been declared a military historical park. On the territory of the complex there is a museum of weapons and the Che Guevara Museum, several cafes, souvenir shops. By tradition, ancient cannons are fired every day at 21.00.

    University of Havana

    Located in the prestigious Vedado district. The date of foundation is 1728. One of the leading universities in the country. It consists of 14 faculties. Today, about 60 thousand students study here. The majestic university building is made in the neoclassical style, decorated with columns, frescoes, a wide staircase leads to the main entrance. In the center stands a sculpture of the Alma Mater, created by one of the local artists in 1919. At one time, Fidel Castro graduated from the university.

    University of Havana
    The Palace of the Captain-Generals

    The Palace of the Captain-Generals

    The former residence of the rulers-governors of Havana. Located on Plaza de Armas. It was built at the end of the XVIII century. The building is made in the Baroque style of coral limestone interspersed with small shells. The decoration is elegant arcades, balconies with stained glass windows. There is a statue of Columbus in the courtyard. Since 1968, the city's historical museum has been located in the palace, where works of art and rare exhibits from the time of Spanish colonization are presented.

    Colon Cemetery

    A giant kingdom of white marble under the open sky. It was founded in 1876. On the territory of 57 hectares there are about 800 thousand graves of the most famous personalities of the country. Most of the tombstones are beautifully decorated, decorated with magnificent statues and sculptural compositions. There are mausoleums, family necropolises, even ancient Greek temples. There are streets with names, sidewalks and signs. There are guided tours of the cemetery for tourists.

    Colon Cemetery
    Fusterlandia

    Fusterlandia

    Futuristic, bright world of mosaic paintings, sculptures, painted products. Its creator is a local artist Jose Fuster. The master decorated his house and surroundings in the coastal area of Haimanitas with a rainbow of ceramics. Surreal creatures, faces, eyes, chess pieces are depicted here on the walls, roofs of houses, garages, even at the bus stop. The sight is quite impressive. In Fuster's workshop, you can buy souvenirs and some of his works.

    Tropicana Cabaret

    A bright enchanting show, about 200 highly professional musicians, dancers, acrobats and singers, luxurious costumes and makeup, a light touch of eroticism, national Cuban cuisine and a sea of rum. All this is the most popular cabaret in Cuba, which tourists from all over the world strive to get into. It was created in 1939 in the estate "Villa Mina". It occupies a huge territory, completely buried in dense tropical thickets. Visitors are accepted at least 14 years old.

    Tropicana Cabaret

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