Havana. 10 reasons you’ll love it

What is Havana worth going to see?

Havana is a very special Cuban city. You can admire it when you walk its streets, or endlessly marvel at the poverty and untidiness that coexist with the former luxury of Havana’s facades, or you can simply not understand it at all, or lose yourself in its endless atmosphere of music and rhythm. You may not even like this city afterwards, but it is worthwhile to visit it at least once, as long as everything is still preserved in its unique style.

What makes this city recognizable from a thousand other cities? Why is it so special?

Havana is protected by UNESCO

Only in Havana will you encounter marvelous facades at every turn of your route, especially in the old part of the capital, and only here will your heart ache with regret and incomprehension: “How? Well, how could the city be reduced to this condition?” Thanks to UNESCO for the continued funding and protection of this unique architecture, if it were not for this organization, I think that all of the following photos simply would not have been possible.

By the way, there is another city in Cuba, which is financed and protected by UNESCO, in addition to Havana. I told about it in the publication “Protected by UNESCO: Trinidad”.

Havana’s 500th anniversary!

In 2019, Havana will celebrate its 500th anniversary! In the old part of the city, I only came across one (one!) building that was under restoration with an official plaque about the renovation work. I think a lot has been done before, but as part of a large city of 2 million, it’s certainly not enough.

The Capitol in Havana.

The Capitol, an exact replica of Washington’s, is also under restoration. If you haven’t seen its original in the States, welcome to Havana. This white-stone beauty has been a delight to residents and tourists alike since 1929. The building served its purpose until 1959, but is now used as a convention center and is open to the public. The Capitol also houses the headquarters of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

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Sitting on the steps of the Capitol to catch my breath was a good decision, only wish I could have gotten lost in the crowd.

Monument to Christopher Columbus

October 1492, this great Spanish voyager set foot on the lands of today’s Liberty Island. Then the resettlement of Europeans, the transportation of people from the African continent as slave labor, the revolution, etc. This was all after him, after Columbus, but it could not have been if he had not organized his most important expedition.

It was in Havana that I first saw the monument to Christopher Columbus. The monument is located in the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. The pedestal is located in the center of the building – the well. Read more here.

Look at the workmanship! This beauty is in the same building as the Columbus monument. Practically a museum piece.

Retro – Cars in Havana.

Why else would you go to Havana? Why else? And the retro cars?

They are everywhere! Sometimes it seemed to me that besides them on the roads and nothing but polished, gleaming colorful faces of plump retro cars, in the salons of which tourists in straw hats with a big smile rush by. Each time they try to wink at you and say, “Well, what! Not ripe for a breeze yet?”

José Martí Memorial

For lovers of skyscrapers and viewpoints: the José Martí Memorial. Havana from a bird’s eye view is also worth seeing. Less advice, more photos!

COCO – TAXI

Lovely COCO – TAXI! Where without you in Cuba? Just one tip: Always haggle and do not immediately agree to the sounded price of a fare. The price is usually inflated, and about the meter fare here, and probably have not heard. At least, I have not.

Hemingway and Havana

Visiting Havana to touch Hemingway? And it’s possible. The Hotel Ambos Mundos is where Ernest Hemingway lived for 10 years. Room 511 now functions as a museum. Inside are the writer’s personal belongings, including a typewriter, bed, documents, correspondence, and copies of paintings by artists he knew personally. He had a habit of buying paintings only from people he was friends with: Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, etc. In Instagram I have already told about it and showed (leaf through, there are 5 photos).

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