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Handpicked by a Cuba Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'World Heritage Sites in Havana'.

Castle of the Three Holy Kings of Morro

Castle of the Three Holy Kings of Morro   The Castle of the Three Holy Kings of Morro was erected between 1589 and 1630 with the purpose of protecting the entrance to the port of Havana from pirates and invaders. This fortress is perched on a rocky ledge, known as El Morro, over the Atlantic Ocean. The field master Juan de Texeda, and the military engineer Batista Antonelli were in charge...

Castle of the Royal Force

Castle of the Royal Force   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. ...

Palace of the Marquises of Aguas Claras

Palace of the Marquises of Aguas Claras Discover the Marquises Palace of Aguas Claras in Old Havana, Cuba The Palace of the Marquises of Aguas Claras is located on the west side of the Cathedral Square.   This baroque palace, whose construction finished in the year 1760, has been greatly honored by the great beauty of its shady Andalusian patio, where there is a fountain surrounded by gr...

National Capitol of Cuba

National Capitol of Cuba   The National Capitol of Cuba is one of the most emblematic buildings in the city of Havana. This majestic building, located in Centro Habana, is similar to the Washington D.C Capitol, but one meter higher, one meter wider, one meter longer and much richer in detail. The construction works were initiated by the Cuban dictator Gerardo Machado in 1926 with US suppo...

National Museum of Fine Arts of Cuba

National Museum of Fine Arts of Cuba The National Museum of Fine Arts of Cuba is an exciting art museum that is housed in two buildings located next to the famous Paseo de Martí, in the center of Havana. It aims to restore, preserve and promote the works that are part of the plastic heritage of Cuba and is equipped with 24 rooms where old art collections are exhibited, art rooms dedicated to...

Ernest Hemingway Museum

Ernest Hemingway Museum   The Ernest Hemingway Museum is located in the Vigía Estate where the great American writer resided, located on a hill in San Francisco de Paula, a quiet neighborhood in the municipality of San Miguel del Padrón, in the province of Havana.   The writer rented this house in 1939, and a year later he acquired it and lived there uninterruptedly until he retu...

Morro-Cabana Military Historical Park

Morro-Cabaña Military Historical Park   The views from the Morro-Cabaña Military Historical Park over the city of Havana are spectacular. Likewise, making an excursion across the bay to discover its two old fortresses (the Castle of the Three Holy Kings of Morro and the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabaña) is almost obligatory if you are passing through the city.   Although both...

Great Theater of Havana Alicia Alonso

Great Theater of Havana Alicia Alonso   The Great Theater of Havana Alicia Alonso, headquarters of the Ballet and the National Opera of Cuba, is located in Centro Habana, on the Paseo de Martí, right next to the National Capitol of Cuba. Currently this building forms a large cultural complex with several rooms and is one of the most important cultural institutions in Latin America. &nbs...

Navigation Museum

Navigation Museum  The Navigation Museum, opened in 2008, is located next to the moat of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, in the Plaza de Armas of Old Havana. Navigation Museum   This museum hosts interesting exhibitions on the history of the fortress and the historic center of Havana, as well as its connections with the old Spanish empire. It is worth highlighting the work comp...

Castle of San Salvador de La Punta

Castle of San Salvador de La Punta   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.   During the colonial era every night a 250-meter chain extended from ...

Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana

Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña 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.   In 1762 the English took control of this hill, from which the...

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