Architectural jewels of Havana

Havana, El Capitolio stacey.cavanagh/Flickr

El Capitolio Nacional ©stacey.cavanagh/Flickr

There are numerous reasons why you should visit Cuba. From gorgeous beaches and islands to colonial cities and natural wonders, the country is abundant in tourist destinations. One of the most famous destinations of this Caribbean country is its capital city, Havana. Havana is a world renowned city, being abundant in unique landmarks and visitor attractions.

The city is a vibrant destination, dragging numerous tourists each year. I have already presented you several aspects relating to Havana. In the following guide I will present you the most famous architectural jewels of Havana, including the El Capitolio Nacional, Havana Cathedral, Castillo del Morro, the Great Theatre of Havana and Colon Cemetery.

The El Capitolio Nacional

As one of the main landmarks of Havana, the El Capitolio Nacional is a significant tourist attraction of the city. Built in 1929, it used to be the seat of government in the country until the period after the Revolution. The neoclassical building is one of the main architectural jewels of Havana. It also houses the third largest indoor statue of the world. Some parts of the building are open for visitors.

El Capitolio Nacional stacey.cavanagh/Flickr

El Capitolio Nacional ©stacey.cavanagh/Flickr

Havana Cathedral

The beautiful Roman Catholic cathedral of the city is known as the Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Havana’s Cathedral is a fantastic Baroque building, being famous for its beautiful façade. The façade is unique for its asymmetrical towers, one of them being wider than the other. The religious building is an important architectural landmark of Havana.

Havana Cathedral jodastephen/Flickr

Havana Cathedral ©jodastephen/Flickr

Castillo del Morro

One of the numerous fortresses of Havana, the Castillo de Morro is located at the entrance of Havana Bay. Built in 1589, the fortress offers excellent views over the surrounding region. There is an exhibition on the Cuban lighthouses inside the gates of the fortress. If you visit Havana, you can not miss to visit the castle and enjoy the excellent views from here.

The Great Theatre of Havana

Another beautiful architectural jewel of the city is the Great Theatre of Havana. The building was constructed using the characteristics of neo-Baroque style. The theatre’s facilities include a concert hall, a video screening room, conference rooms, an art gallery and a choral centre.

The Great Theatre of Havana exfordy/Flickr

The Great Theatre of Havana ©exfordy/Flickr

Colon Cemetery

It might sound weird to visit a cemetery, but trust me, it’s worth the visit. Colon Cemetery is a cemetery and an open air museum at the same time. It is famous for its numerous elaborately sculpted memorials. These are very attractive for tourists. In case you are looking for a unique visitor attraction, this cemetery is surely a great experience.

 

 

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