The Old Square and its surroundings is one of the seven consejos populares (wards) of the municipality of Old Havana. It has a residential population of 17,426. Plaza Vieja was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas - all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies.
The plaza emerged in 1559 and was originally called Plaza Nueva (New Square). It was built as a popular alternative to Plaza de Armas, the military and government main... view more