CU, Havana: Best of Old Havana in pictures


In my previous post I was telling you about various facets of Havana. Now, I will show you the Old Havana.

El Morro Castle
El Morro Castle – The guarding fortress standing out at the entrance of Havana bay. Built originally to guard the city from pirates, the castle is a witness of history in Havana

Stopping point for Spanish ships, La Habana Vieja has a history of about 500 years. With 2 fortresses to defend the city, one on each side of the Havana Bay, the city became a safe place since 16th century.

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana walls
San Carlos de la Cabaña – fortress located on the east side of the Havana bay is the most impressive fortress from colonial times, particularly its walls constructed at the end of the 18th century.

With lots of styles in architecture, the Old Havana still amazes the travelers: we found so many forts, churches, ancient monuments, and palaces. Lots of them are renovated, but still plenty to be restored.

Havana Cathedral
Havana Cathedral, located in Plaza de la Cathedral, built in a baroque style from 1748 to 1777; it is mainly constructed from blocks of corals cut from sources in the Gulf of Mexico’s ocean floor
Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis
Used today for concerts and exhibitions, Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis built at the end of 16th century was originally home of the Franciscan community
Castillo de la Real Fuerza
One of the oldest stone forts in the New World, completed in 1577, Castillo de la Real Fuerza is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage

A place where history is written in the cobblestones, Havana is a city you can easily fall in love with.

Gran Teatro de la Habana
Gran Teatro de la Habana- built from 1908, opened in 1915; home to the Cuban National Ballet
Gran Teatro de la Habana
Gran Teatro de la Habana intricacies

An open book for the scholars who study architecture, this is a place where one cannot rush to truly appreciate the views. All you need is comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and sunscreen. And an open mind.

Havana 15

As part of the UNESCO Heritage since 1982, the Old Havana borders are marked with some of the few thousand of rusted cannons that Spanish used to have in both fortresses.

Cannons bordering The Old Havana
Cannons bordering The Old Havana

A place where time has a different dimension, and colors have different shades, The Old Havana is somehow like a phoenix, reborn from its own ashes. Modern art is mixing everywhere with old statues; history and contemporaneity are siblings. We were amazed at the variety of art on the streets of Havana!

Plaza Vieja
Plaza Vieja – originally named Plaza Nueva in 1559, was named as Plaza Vieja only in 1814 to differentiate from other plazas emerged in the 18th century.
Plaza Vieja - woman riding a rooster
Site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas, Plaza Vieja is a quiet place to stroll in and admire the few architectural pieces, especially the riding woman, a life-size statue. Naked, but with her shoes on, holding a big fork and riding a rooster, this bronze statue only is a good reason to stop by this Plaza. Obvious theme of women emancipation, the statue shows the beauty of a woman, who, while still enchanting, can also take the reins and deal with any situation.

Havana 11

Traditional outfit
Traditional outfit

After visiting the city of Havana, where the old is new and the new is old, I can fully understand why the city was selected in 2014 one of the New7Wonders Cities. You can go yourself for a visit and you won’t be sorry!! The secret is to not have high or fancy expectancies, and then you will see the people how they truly live their life, while having an amazing experience on Cuban lands.

Paseo del Prado
Paseo del Prado became famous last year, in 2016, when Chanel used this venue as a stage for their fashion show.
Amazing mural of aprox 300m2 depicts 67 outstanding figures on a wall on Mercaderes Street. The building in this mural actually is very similar with the mansion from the other side of the street


El Caballero de Paris
The bronze life-size statue “El Caballero de Paris “ stands out on the sidewalk, in front of the Basilica de San Francisco de Asis, where he is actually buried. Known as the “gentleman of Paris”, he was a mentally ill Havana resident who wandered the streets of Havana and became very popular. People uses to rub its beard for good luck

17 thoughts on “CU, Havana: Best of Old Havana in pictures

    1. Canadians can travel freely in Cuba. As for Americans, they can do also but my understanding is they need to select proper reason permitting a visa (which is not tourism, indeed).


  1. Stunning photos. We have never been to Cuba, but our interest has raised, because in out TV has been presented the history of Cuba. Now we have watched six parts and there are yet two to come. Thank you for this lovely post.

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    1. Oh, Cuba.. we certainly miss it, with its best or worse LOL We would definitely go back once the restrictions will ease up, they have amazing beaches, and I really miss a salty breeze in my face🙂


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