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Best things to do in Havanna

“The Museum of the Revolution gathers material and collections related to the Cuban revolution. Former Presidential Palace, it was built between 1909 and 1920 to be the seat of the provincial government of Havana. President Mario García Menocal chose it to be the seat of the Executive. In 1974 it became the Museum of the Revolution and in 2010 it was declared a National Monument. Its more than 30 showrooms store around 9,000 pieces of different stages of the Cuban revolutionary struggle, lead by Fidel Castro. The exhibition rooms cover every stage of Cuban history. In the museum the actions of March 13 are set in their Palace stages. Even if you are not a person into politics, the architectural beauty of this building makes it worth a visit. The construction started in 1909 by initiative of General Ernesto Aubert , then governor of Havana. The project was carried out by the architects Rodolfo Maruri (Cuban) and Paul Belau (Belgian), while the construction phase was assumed by the General Contracting Company. The interior decoration was under the responsibility of Tiffany Studios. The building, designed from the canons of Eclecticism , took for its completion a budget that exceeded one and a half million pesos. Its floors and stairs were covered with Carrara marble. ”
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“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. Its objective is to restore, preserve and promote the works that are part of Cuba's plastic heritage and is equipped with 24 rooms where old art collections are exhibited, art rooms dedicated to teachers of all times and rooms with temporary exhibitions. This is, without a doubt, one of the best art museums in the Caribbean. In it you can spend a whole day watching all kinds of art, from Cuban pop art to Greek pottery.”
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“Exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations. ”
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History Museum
“Castillo de la epoca colonial, hoy en dia es un museo, puedes entrar y visitarlo, bueno para fotos, tiene bella vista de la bahia de La Habana. Castle of the colonial era, nowadays it is a museum, you can enter and visit it, good for photos, it has a beautiful view of the bay of Havana.”
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“Open to the public, it is one of the most visited tourist centers of the city, having become one of the architectural icons of Havana, and is usually considered the most imposing building in the city. It is named by some experts as one of the six most important palaces in the world.”
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History Museum
“The biggest collection of Napoleon related objects in the Americas in a gorgeous renaissance style palace”
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“A tour how our Rum had been made and at the end you can enjoy a shot of rum or purchase the iconic beverage. ”
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“Do you want to have an idea of ​​the splendors of before the revolution? Visit this house. Take the opportunity to say hello to the synagogue friends next door. Walk to Coppelia for a glimpse of the Vedado district. Go to the gardens of the Hotel Nacional for an aperitif and return to the old town by the Malecon. You will be exhausted but satisfied and will jump on your meal!”
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Public Art
“Local painter and sculptor José Fuster created this kaleidoscopic display of mosaics, sculptures, and paintings throughout the neighborhood to represent his life and art. Affectionately known as the "Picasso of the Caribbean," Fuster even decorated neighbors' homes and bus shelters.”
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“In 1939 US novelist Ernest Hemingway rented a villa called Finca la Vigía on a hill at San Francisco de Paula, 15km southeast of central Havana. A year later he bought the house (1888) and property and lived there continuously until 1960, when he moved back to the US . The villa’s interior has remained unchanged since the day Hemingway left (there are lots of stuffed trophies), and the wooded estate is now a museum. Hemingway left his house and its contents to the ‘Cuban people,’ and his house has been the stimulus for some rare shows of US -Cuban cooperation. To prevent the pilfering of objects, visitors are not allowed inside the house, but there are enough open doors and windows.”
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Historische Stätte
“Even without any artifact to display, the Museum of the City of Havana would remain an unmissable visit, courtesy of the opulent Palace in which it resides. The Palace of the Captains General is the most important building of the Plaza de Armas and one of the most representative works of baroque architecture in Latin America. It dates from the 1770s and is a manual of Cuban Baroque architecture, carved in rock extracted from the nearby San Lázaro quarries. Occupying the entire west side of the plaza, the palace stands on the site of the demolished Parroquia Mayor, the first church in Havana.”
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History Museum
“If you are looking for combining culture and entertainment, make a turn by this museum.”
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“The most magnificent view of all of Havana. A MUST SEE! An easy elevator ride up. 6 CUC”
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“The museum exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations. Note that the museum is now divided into two impressive buildings belonging to the Museum. One dedicated to Cuban Arts in the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) and another dedicated to the Universal Arts, in the Palacio del Centro Asturiano (Palace of the Asturian Center). I recommend both sections, but if you're limited in terms of time then rather prioritise the Cuban collection. The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is dedicated exclusively to housing Cuba Art collections. Spanning the 17th and 19th centuries has rooms devoted to landscape, religious subjects and the Costumbrismo narrative scenes of Cuban life. ”
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“Address: Carlos III esq Infanta, Centro Habana. Description: The former stately residence of Independence War general Máximo Gómez, the Quinta sits amid lush grounds that have been managed as botanical gardens since 1839. While the former Gómez residence is currently closed, the grounds have recently reopened as a botanical garden with 160 tree species, 40 bird species and the tiny colorful polymita snails that are endemic to Cuba. There's also a butterfly enclosure, the first of its type in the country. Guided visits only.”
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“ The National Museum, was inaugurated on April 28, 1913, as National Museum of the Republic, worked until the mid-twentieth century as an encyclopedic museum, specializing as an institution dedicated to the History of Art after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Its artistic heritage, composed of more than 45,000 pieces, is considered one of the most important in Latin America and the Caribbean. Together with the largest collection of Cuban art in the world, it conserves pieces from the most important European schools, an important heritage of the continent. The museum also has important pieces of ancient art, including collections from Greece, Rome and Egypt.”
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