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Cuba: Leisure and Traditions in Havana
Date: APR 13, 2020
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The Cuban capital, full of attractions for leisure and with five centuries of history, brings together in its spaces the most diverse options of rest, always accompanied by traditions of yesteryear.

First-line hotels, even in the luxury segment and recently inaugurated in the Cuban tourist scene, go hand in hand with small lodging facilities in the historic center of Havana.

The list of establishments has the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, with a history of more than seven decades and classified among the 10 Palace Hotels on the planet and from the 1930s to the 1950s. It was the only facility with a five-star category in the Caribbean region.

Likewise, the city has at the Hotel Inglaterra, the oldest in the city, as it was inaugurated on December 23, 1875, and honored with his name the main power of the world at that time.

The building, located in an important area of the so-called Old Havana, is in a neoclassical style, with elements that give it a touch of originality, such as the Alicante mosaics and gates brought especially from Seville, Spain.

Ceilings and interiors show a profusion of ornaments characteristic of Mudejar architecture, with stained glass, heraldic symbols and even a bronze sculpture of Carmen, the Spanish character in Bizet's opera, sculpted by the Marquis of Perrinat.

Other establishments are the Hotel Sevilla, inaugurated in 1908 after several years of intense construction work for its construction, since its works began even in 1880 by the investment company El Guardián.

The historic area, also known as Old Havana and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, contains a large part of the museums, churches, cultural centers and buildings closely linked to the colonial era, with some 33,000 buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

For those who venture through the tangle of streets and alleys of the old part of Havana, there is a network of small buildings that have behind a facade where time seems to have stopped with all the comforts that modern tourism demands.

The primary nucleus of the Cuban capital preserves a true collection of castles, fortresses and buildings of high heritage value, built around a system of squares, mixed with monasteries and temples.

Those open spaces marked the framework of the so-called intramural city, with special emphasis on the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the so-called Vieja, del Cristo and San Francisco.

In addition, there is the National Capitol, former seat of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Republic, with characteristic elements such as the dome of more than 90 meters high, visible from the ends of the city.

Under the dome is a bronze statue representing the Republic covered in gold foil, which is 14 meters high and weighs 30 tons, considered the third tallest indoors in the world.

There is also the hall of the lost steps conceived for official ceremonies, it is 15 meters wide and 48 meters long by a height of almost 20 meters.

Night view of Paula Church
Castle of the Royal Force
City Museum
View of the Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro from Havana`s Malecón
Center for the Development of Visual Arts
View from Malecón (seafront)
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Night view of Paula Church

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Night view of Paula Church Castle of the Royal Force City Museum View of the Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro from Havana`s Malecón Center for the Development of Visual Arts View from Malecón (seafront) View of El Morro from the Prado Promenade.
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