Best Cuban architectural landmarks
The astonishing Caribbean country, Cuba is very attractive for tourists. It is an extremely visited country, dragging millions of tourists each year. The island country is famous for its unique culture and visitor attractions, including islands and beaches, colonial towns, architectural landmarks and natural wonders. If you’ve never been to Cuba before and you are interested in architecture, I recommend you to read this guide. Below I will present you the best Cuban architectural landmarks, including the following: the Capitolio Nacional, the El Morro Castle, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the Catedral de San Cristobal de Habana and the Great Theatre of Havana.
The Capitolio Nacional
Undoubtedly the most famous and most attractive architectural jewel of Cuba is the Capitolio Nacional. It is the most significant landmark of Havana. The Capitolio is the most prestigious and grandiose building of the city. This building is one of the most photographed landmarks of Cuba, dragging numerous visitors every year.
The El Morro Castle
Guiding the entrance to Havana Bay, the majestic El Morro Castle used to be a significant fortification of Havana. It was built to defend against pirates. Today the castle is a main landmark of Havana and includes an exhibition on the lighthouses of Cuba. The cannons around the fortress are very well preserved, making the castle even more attractive.
The Castillo de la Real Fuerza
The Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Castle of the Royal Force) is one of the most beautiful fortresses of Cuba. It is a star fort located on the western part of the harbor of the capital city. The fort was originally built to defend against pirates, considered to be the oldest stone fort in the entire Americas. In 1982 the fort was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of “Old Havana and its Fortifications”.
The Catedral de San Cristobal de Habana
As one of the numerous religious buildings of Cuba, the Catedral de San Cristobal de Habana is a magnificent architectural landmark. It is easily recognizable for its two unequal towers, being a unique landmark of Cuba. The cathedral is open for visitors daily, until noon, but the best time to visit is during Sunday Mass (10:30). (January 2014)
The Great Theatre of Havana
One of the most beautiful architectural sights of Havana is the Great Theatre of Havana. It is an astonishing building located in Paseo del Prado. Opened in 1838, the theatre is home to a large number of facilities including theatres, conference rooms, a concert hall, a video screening room and even an art gallery.