Old Town Walking Tour in Havana, Havana

Old Town Walking Tour in Havana, Havana
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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.

Old Town Walking Tour in Havana - Route Map

Guide Name: Old Town Walking Tour in Havana
Guide Location: Cuba » Havana
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: alex1007
El Capitolio

1) El Capitolio (must see)

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...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Real Fabrica de Partagas

2) 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...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Gran Teatro de La Habana

3) Gran Teatro de La Habana

The Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso (English: "Great Theatre of Havana Alicia Alonso") is located in the Paseo del Prado in Havana, Cuba. The theatre has been home to the Cuban National Ballet and, on its main stage, to the International Ballet Festival of Havana. It facilities include theatres, a concert hall, conference rooms, and a video screening room, as well as an art gallery, a choral centre, and several rehearsal halls for danzarias groups and dance...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Jose Marti Monument

4) 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...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
"Granma" Yacht

5) "Granma" Yacht (must see)

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...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of the Revolution

6) Museum of the Revolution (must see)

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...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Cathedral of Havana

7) Cathedral of Havana (must see)

The Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception) is a Roman Catholic Cathedral and is the seat of Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the Cardinal Archbishop of Havana. It was constructed by Jesuits (1748–77) on the site of an earlier church. It is also dedicated to Saint Christopher, thus it is sometimes dubbed as Cathedral of Saint Christopher.

Set in the former Plaza de La Ciénaga or Swamp Plaza, the...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Castillo de la Real Fuerza

8) Castillo de la Real Fuerza (must see)

The Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Castle of the Royal Force) is a fortress on the western side of the harbour in Havana. Originally built to defend against attack by pirates, it suffered from a poor strategic position too far inside the bay. The fortress is considered to be the oldest stone fortress in the Americas, and was listed in 1982 as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of "Old Havana and its Fortifications".

The fortress was home to the National Archive from 1899 and the...   view more
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Palacio de Los Capitanes Generales

9) Palacio de Los Capitanes Generales (must see)

The Palacio de los Capitanes Generales is the former official residence of the governors (Captains General) of Havana. It is home to the Museum of the City of Havana (Museo de la Ciudad) and houses exhibitions of art and historical artifacts and many of the rooms are preserved with their original Colonial decoration. It is a thick-walled square Cuban Baroque style building, little altered from the time of its original construction.

The ground floor and mezzanine contain artwork and artifacts...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Lonja Del Comercio

10) Lonja Del Comercio

The Lonja del Comercio (Chamber of Commerce) building served as the Stock exchange in the capital until the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Today it is an office building. In the building are based local and foreign companies, the Brazilian Embassy, news agencies like CNN Havana Bureau, and the Habana Radio Station.

Its construction began in 1907 and ended in 1909, on land that belonged to rich families. The imposing building was designed by architect Thomas Mur and Jose Toraya, under the auspices of...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Plaza Vieja

11) Plaza Vieja (must see)

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
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Obispo Street

12) Obispo Street

Obispo Street has a lot of small shops that trade in various bits and pieces of the tourist range -- cigars, rum and traditional Cuban souvenirs. Come and get yourself something memorable to remind yourself about the days spent in...   view more
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