Plaza de San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi Square), Havana

Plaza de San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi Square), Havana (must see)

Plaza de San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi Square) was founded in the 16th century. This square overlooks the port, which originally welcomed Spanish galleons, and is now a cruise ship terminal.

The Plaza de San Francisco de Asís was named after the Convento de San Francisco de Asís. The baroque style convent was built in 1591 features a 42-meter (140-foot) tall tower.

Other notable buildings include the domed 1909 Lonja del Comercio (Market Hall) and the 1914 Aduana (Customs House).

Don't miss the beautiful fountain, Fuente de Los Leones. Italian Giuseppe Gaggini carved the white marble fountain in 1836. The fountain features four lions with water flowing from the lion's mouths. This is a popular site for quinceañeras to take pictures on their 15th birthday.

The Caballero de París Statue commemorates a Parisian who would entertain and converse with locals on a wide range of topics in the 1950s. You'll also find a bronze statue of Polish composer Chopin and a garden dedicated to Mother Teresa.

Horse-drawn carriages are on standby to give tours of Old Havana.

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Plaza de San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi Square) on Map

Sight Name: Plaza de San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi Square)
Sight Location: Havana, Cuba (See walking tours in Havana)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Havana, Cuba

Create Your Own Walk in Havana

Create Your Own Walk in Havana

Creating your own self-guided walk in Havana is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Hemingway's Havana Walking Tour

Hemingway's Havana Walking Tour

Ever since Hemingway first visited Cuba in 1928 until his death in 1961, he felt an intense connection with the people and culture of Cuba. Hemingway lived at Hotel Ambos Mundos during the 1930s, and began, wrote, and finished several novels there. Today, you can see some of Hemingway's belongings in Room 511.

Hemingway was a frequent patron at El Floridita, famous for its daiquiris....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town Walking Tour

The Spanish founded Havana in 1519. After French pirate Jacques de Sores ransacked the city in 1555, the Castle of the Royal Force was built to protect the city.

Havana became a major stopping point between the newly discovered Americas and ancient Europe. In the 1600s, Havana was a major shipbuilding port.

Old Havana is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic city has five...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Old Palaces Walking Tour

Old Palaces Walking Tour

Havana has been the seat of Cuba’s ruling gentry for centuries. Today, you can walk the streets of Old Havana and explore its palaces to get a glimpse into the city’s royal past. Although these structures now serve Havana’s citizens and visitors, they still catch your eye (and your camera lens!) with their architecture and history.

Start your trip with the ornate Presidential Palace,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Historical Churches and Cathedrals Walking Tour

Historical Churches and Cathedrals Walking Tour

Discovered and conquered by Spanish colonists in the early 16th century, Havana has turned into a major religious center of Catholicism in the Caribbean. Although a communist regime is currently in power, many of the churches, cathedrals, and other religious buildings have been preserved and still give a glimpse of the city’s religious heritage.

The old Havana Cathedral, located in a...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles

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