Top things to do in Havana

Top things to do in Havana

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Today we want to introduce you in NosotrosCubaneamos the best things you can do in your visit to Havana:

Colon Cemetery

Declared Cuba’s national heritage, it is the country’s most important cemetery. It has a large number of sculptural and architectural works, which is why many specialists place it as the second most important cemetery in the world, preceded only by Staglieno in Genoa, Italy.

The necropolis is one of the most valuable in America at a cultural level due to the richness of its sculptures and architectural forms. On the doors of the cemetery there is a marble monument of Carrara 34 meters long and 21 meters high are represented the theological virtues of charity, faith and hope.

The cemetery dates back to 1854, when the governor Marqués de la Pezuela projected the construction of a new necropolis in Havana when the old Espada Cemetery became insufficient and inoperative, an idea that could not be carried out at that time.

 

Revolutionary Museum

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Former Presidential Palace. The Cuban presidential palace was built between 1909 and 1920 to be the headquarters of the provincial government of Havana, but President Mario García Menocal chose it to be the headquarters of the Executive. In 1974 it became the Museum of the Revolution and in 2010 it was declared a National Monument. The Museum of the Revolution , located in Havana, gathers material and collections related to the Cuban revolution. Created on December 12, 1959 by decree of the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, signed by the then Minister of the FAR and current President of Cuba, Raúl Castro.

Fusterlandia

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One of the most emblematic artistic places in the city. It is the creative project that involves more than 80 houses created by the ceramist, draftsman, painter and engraver José Antonio Rodríguez Fuster.

Malecón

The Malecón habanero is located in Havana, capital of the Republic of Cuba. It comprises a wide avenue of six lanes and a very long wall that extends along the entire north coast of the Cuban capital for eight kilometers.

Its construction began at the very beginning of the 20th century, in 1901, during the U.S. provisional government on the island.

Its construction was carried out in successive stages and lasted nearly fifty years,

  • The first route 1901-1902 covered from Paseo del Prado to Crespo street.
  • The second section 1902-1921 and extended to the Monumento al Maine.
  • The third stretch that lasted until the 1930s ended at Avenida de los Presidentes.
  • The fourth and final stretch 1948-1952 culminated in the boardwalk at the mouth of the Almendares river.

Important monuments stand along the avenue, such as that of Generalísimo Máximo Gómez, that of Mayor General Antonio Maceo and that of General Calixto García, in addition to the fact that important avenues in the capital end up in the Malecón, such as 23rd Street, Avenida de los Presidentes and Paseo Avenue.

National Museum of Fine Arts

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The National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) is a public museum, located in Havana, Cuba. Subordinate to the Ministry of Culture, it occupies two buildings near Paseo del Prado, namely the Palacio de Bellas Artes, dedicated to Cuban art, and the Palacio del Centro Asturiano, dedicated to universal art; a third building is dedicated to administrative functions. It houses one of the largest collections of paintings and sculptures in Latin America and is the largest in the insular Caribbean.

Castillo del Morro

CASTILLO DEL MORRO

The castillo de los Tres Reyes also known as castillo del Morro, is the symbol along with the Capitolio and the Giraldilla de La Habana, designed by the engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli in 1585 during the Spanish imperial period, its strategic position on a hill was recognized almost as soon as the port of Havana began to acquire the strategic importance it had in the Spanish overseas province. In the 90’s, work was done to rescue and preserve the city’s fortification system, and the fortifications went on to perform new functions. Since then, El Morro Castle has maintained an active life, its halls function as a gallery and in its spaces a lively cultural life does not cease. At the same time, two restaurants (Los Doce Apóstoles and La Divina Pastora) and a bar are housed in their old batteries with extraordinary views of the Havana coastline.

Old Square

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Havana’s Plaza Vieja is a plaza located in Old Havana, Cuba. The square and its surroundings are also one of the seven Popular Councils of the municipality of Old Havana. It has a residential population of 17,426 people.

The square was called Plaza Nueva. It emerged as an open space in 1559, after the Plaza de Armas and San Francisco. In colonial times it was a residential neighborhood of the Creole plutocracy.

 

Cuban art factory

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Cuban Art Factory (FAC). Also known as La casa del arte y los artistas cubanos. It is a cultural project conceived by the renowned Cuban musician X Alfonso, where multiple artistic manifestations such as music, photography, dance, theater, plastic arts and industrial design converge, among other specialties. Defined by X Alfonso as a Movimiento Cultural Contemporáneo de Vanguardia.

 

 

NosotrosCubaneamos includes these places in its rides because of their importance.

 

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