Best Historical and Cultural Sites in Cuba
Local Recommendations from our My Guide Cuba team
The Bacardí Building is the first Art Deco building built in the city of Havana. Considered as an architectural jewel of the time and one of the best samples of decorative art, this building is located on Avenida de las Misiones, in Old Havana. Its construction was completed in 1930 and at that time it was the tallest building on the island. The building is said to contain marble and granite from almost every nation in Europe.
The Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña is located on a hill to the east side of the port of Havana, in the Morro-Cabaña Military Historical Park. This colossal fortification was erected in the 18th century, between 1763 and 1774, in order to cover a weak point in the city's defenses.
The Castillo de la Real Fuerza is a great example of military architecture in times of Spanish rule in the Caribbean. It is located on the side that overlooks the sea of the Plaza de Armas, in Old Havana. Today, the castle, together with the rest of the fortifications of the city and the historic center, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Located northwest of Versailles and built in 1735, the Castle of San Severino is a splendid crenellated fortress that was built following the Italian and French Renaissance patterns of the 16th and 17th centuries. It is considered the most important building in Cuba since the birth of the city of Matanzas.
The Castle of San Salvador de La Punta stands on the Port of Havana, forming part of the defensive system formed by the four fortresses that defend the Bay of Havana. It was designed by Italian military engineer Giovanni Bautista Antonelli and was built between 1589 and 1600.
Admire the Guasch Palace and visit its interesting natural science museum as you pass through Pinar del Río. The Sandalio de Noda Natural Science Museum is installed in the Guasch Palace and is a mandatory stop for any visitor who is passing through the city of Pinar del Río, Cuba.
The Museum of the Revolution is housed in the former Presidential Palace, built between 1913 and 1920 and used by several presidents of Cuba, of which the last was Fulgencio Batista. The famous New York Tiffany’s decorated its interior.
The military fortress Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, also known as “Castillo del Morro”, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 for its great historical and architectural value. Formerly it was known as the Piracy Museum, but it changed its name to adapt to the new contents of the museum more general and related to the environment in which it is located in Santiago de Cuba.
Explore Seville at your own pace with a 24-hour ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Marvel at the mix of Christian and Islamic monuments, such as the Torre del Oro, enjoy 2 free walking tours, and access to some of the city’s attractions.
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