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Old Town Walking Tour in Havana, Part II, Havana
Old Town Walking Tour in Havana, Part II
Guide Location: Cuba » Havana
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Chris Lancaster
Author: alex1007
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Havana Map and Walks" in Google Play.
Old Town of Havana is a perfect place to feel the Spirit of Cuba. This part of the city has a unique atmosphere and history. The city was founded by the Spanish in 1519. Thousands of tourists visit it each year. UNESCO proclaimed it a world heritage site. Take this astonishing walking tour in the middle of Old Havana.
Tour Stops and Attractions
Real Fabrica de Partagas
1) Real Fabrica de Partagas
The Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagás is a cigar factory museum in Havana, Cuba. The world famous Habanos cigars are produced in this factory. It is one of Cuba's oldest cigar factories and is located across the street from the massive capital building in Havana. The Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagas is housed in a well-preserved industrial building dating from 1845. The building stands out amongst its peers because of the ornate, colorful, maroon and cream exterior. Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagas was started by Jaime Partagas, but foundered after his mysterious death. Ramon Cifuentes took over and the business grew under his stewardship.

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El Capitolio
2) El Capitolio
El Capitolio was the seat of government in Cuba until after the Revolution in 1959, and is now home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. Its design and name recall the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., but it is only superficially similar. Completed in 1929, it was the tallest building in Havana until the 1950s and houses the world's third largest indoor statue.

The neoclassical building was inspired by the Panthéon in Paris. The cupola, which is stone clad around a steel frame which was constructed in the United States and imported to Cuba, is set forward on the building to allow for some large rooms at the rear, including what is now the National Library of Science and Technology. In the original design the dome was to be decorated with stylised palm leaves but this addition was never executed. Around the building are gardens laid out by French landscape architect and designer Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier at the time of the original construction. Based on the designs of some of the beautiful simple European gardens they consist of areas of lawn bordered by paths and highlighted by palms.

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Jose Marti Monument
3) Jose Marti Monument
José Julián Martí Pérez was a Cuban national hero and an important figure in Latin American literature. In his short life he was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a revolutionary philosopher, a translator, a professor, a publisher, and a political theorist. Through his writings and political activity, he became a symbol for Cuba's bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century, and is referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence". Martí is considered one of the great turn-of-the-century Latin American intellectuals. After his death, one of his poems from the book Versos Sencillos (Simple Verses), was adapted for the song, Guantanamera, which has become the definitive patriotic song of Cuba.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
"Granma" Yacht
4) "Granma" Yacht
Granma is the yacht that was used to transport the fighters of the Cuban Revolution from Mexico to Cuba in 1956, for the purpose of overthrowing the regime of Fulgencio Batista. The 60-foot diesel-powered cabin cruiser was built in 1943, and designed to accommodate twelve people. It's said to have been named for the original owner's grandmother. Since 1976, the yacht has been on permanent display in a glass enclosure at the Granma Memorial adjacent to the Museum of the Revolution in Havana. A portion of old Oriente Province, where the expedition made landfall, was renamed Granma Province in honor of the vessel and the Landing of the Granma National Park, established at the location.

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Museum of the Revolution
5) Museum of the Revolution
The Museum of the Revolution is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents, through to Fulgencio Batista. It became the Museum of the Revolution during the years following the Cuban revolution. The former Presidential Palace was designed by the Cuban architect Carlos Maruri, and the Belgian architect Paul Belau, and was inaugurated in 1920 by President Mario García Menocal. It remained the presidential palace until 1959. The building has Neo-Classical elements, and was decorated by Tiffany & Co. of New York. The museum's Cuban history exhibits are largely devoted to the period of the revolutionary war of the 1950s and to the country's post-1959 history. Portions of the museum are also devoted to pre-revolutionary Cuba, including its War of Independence waged against Spain.

Operation hours: 9 am - 5 pm.
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Sight description based on wikipedia
San Salvador de la Punta Fortress
6) San Salvador de la Punta Fortress
San Salvador de la Punta Fortress, just like El Morro, was designed to protect the entrance to the Havana Bay that became an important and strategic entrance way to the harbor, since the settlement of the town. The non-stop landings of corsairs in the area endangered the harbor and the town. That was why, in 1559, it was resolved to post lookouts at La Punta. In 1582, king Felipe II, convinced that it was necessary to reinforce fortresses and fleets, ordered the creation of a fortress system in several places of America, having its center in Havana. In 1630, due to the short distance between La Punta and El Morro and to increase the protection of the bay, a heavy copper chain was laid between them. The castle, in 1997, was under an intense work of restoration, by the city’s Historian Office, that gave it back its original position on the rocks.

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