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  • Architecture: National Capitol Building

    National Capitol Building

    • Destination: Havana
    • Open: Daily
    • Address: Prado y Neptuno, Havana City. Cuba
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  • Description

    In 1929 the lot, where the first railroad station in Havana had been built was occupied by the National Capitol, seat of the House of Representatives and of the Senate of the Republic. The initial project, designed by Rayneri was altered by Cavarrocas, Romañach, Govantes and others. It was built by the American company Purdy & Henderson. The famous French city planner Forrestier was involved in the design of the gardens.
    It opened up on May, 20 to commemorate an anniversary of the republic.

    From the stairs on we see the imposing porch columns and behind them we find the main gates, fashioned in bronze with bas-relief depicting important scenes of national history.

    National CapitolOn both sides of the uppermost part of the stairs there are two bronze statues, symbols of two guiding virtues: people and work. These statues are the work of the Italian sculptor Angelo Zanelli.
    The facade is mainly of classic style while the interior of the building is characterized by eclectic opulence. Different kinds of marble were used on its floors.

    An outstanding feature is its 90 meters high dome, visible from the farthest reaches of the city.

    Under the dome there is a bronze statue portraying the Republic. The majestic sculpture made of 22 k. gold-plated bronze, by the same Italian sculptor, is about 17 meters high including the base fashioned in ancient Egyptian marble-onyx. Only the Golden Buda of Nava in Japan and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington surpass our colossal statue in height.

    National CapitolThe Salon de los Pasos Perdidos is another attraction of this place. This space, conceived for official ceremonies, is 15 meters wide and 48 meters long.

    On the exact center of the building, under the dome, a diamond marking the kilometer 0 of Cuban highways was set.

    At present here have their seats, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and the Institute for Scientific and Technological Information.

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  • Airports next to National Capitol Building
  • Havana Airport

    José Martí International Airport (IATA: HAV, ICAO: MUHA), sometimes known by its former name Rancho-Boyeros Airport, is located 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Havana, Cuba, and is a hub for Cubana de Aviación, Aerogaviota, and Aero Caribbean, and former Latin American hub for Aeroflot Soviet Airlines.[2] It is Cuba's main international and domestic gateway, and serves several million passengers each year. The airport lies in the municipality of Boyeros and connects Havana with the rest of the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Europe, and one destination in Africa. It is named in memory of patriot and poet José Martí. In the 1960s the airport was bombed by B-26 aircraft from Brigade 2506, a CIA-sponsored group of Cuban exiles attempting to liberate Cuba from Fidel Castro. Cubans are not allowed to own aircraft or use the airport for either private or commercial flight. Only government-owned aircraft are allowed to use the facilities. There are currently four passenger terminals in use at the airport, plus a freight terminal.[3] Terminal 1 is used primarily for domestic flights. Terminal 2 opened in 1988, primarily for charter flights to the United States. Ten years later on April 27, 1998, the International Terminal 3 was opened by Canada's then-Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, and former Cuban president, Fidel Castro. International Terminal 3 offers many modern facilities and jetways that the former international Terminal 1 did not provide. Terminal 5 is operated by Aerocaribbean. Today, Copa Airlines is the foreign airline with most flights to the airport, operating 34 flights a week (roughly 5 daily flights) from Panama City, Panama, and Bogota, Colombia. The airport is operated by Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos (ECASA).

  • Playa Baracoa Airport

    Playa Baracoa Airport serves domestic flights scheduled by the local airline Aerogaviota and is situated about 28 km west of Havana, in the village of Playa Baracoa, (Province Artemisa).

  • Car Rental offices next to National Capitol Building Architecture
  • Car Rental office Hotel Inglaterra

    Paseo del Padro esq San Rafael, La Habana
    8666218 188m

    Car Rental office Hotel Telegrafo

    Paseo del Padro esq Neptuno La Habana
    8638990 240m

    Car Rental office Hotel Parque Central

    Calle Neptuno esq Prado. La Habana Vieja
    8600096 311m

    Car Rental office Hotel Plaza

    Calle Ignacio Agramonte. Havana Vieja
    8668915 365m

    Car Rental office Hotel Sevilla

    Paseo del Padro esq Refugio, La Habana Vieja
    8669156 495m

  • Gas stations next to National Capitol Building Architecture
  • La Rampa

    Calle 23 e Infanta, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8731480/873148 2km 101m


    Malecón y 13. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334588 2km 524m

    L y 17

    L y 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 334587 2km 773m


    Vía Blanca No. 46005 y 462, Intermitente de Guanabo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 964093/964094 2km 773m


    Ayestarán y Ave. de Rancho Boyeros. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 666051 4km 189m


    Paseo y Malecon. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333027 4km 380m

    17 y 12

    Calle 12 esq. a 17, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8339238/8333272 4km 382m

    Santa Catalina

    Santa Catalina y Vento. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 335531 4km 906m

    El Tunel

    Calle 2 No. 518 e/ 5ta. B y 7ma. B, Miramar, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2041906/2047470 5km 463m

    31 y 18

    Ave. 31 y 18, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040520 6km 055m

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  • Telegrafo, Hotel Telegrafo

    Prado No. 408 esq. a Neptuno, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8609078 257m


    Paseo del Prado No. 603 esq. a Dragones, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8681000 267m

    La Zaragozana

    Monserrate No. 351 e/ Obispo y Obrapia, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8608817 267m

    Castillo de Farnes

    Monserrate esq. a Obrapia, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671040 294m

    A Prado y Neptuno

    Paseo del Prado esq. a Neptuno, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8609636 300m


    Monserrate esq. a Obispo, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671300 310m

    El Mediterraneo, Hotel Parque Central

    Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8606627 311m

    El Paseo, Hotel Parque Central

    Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8666627 311m

    Steak House

    Hotel Parque Central. Neputno, esq. Prado. Havana City. Cuba


    Teniente Rey esq. a Bernaza, Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8671029 313m

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  • 0011

    Calle 17 e/ M y N, FOCSA. Havana City
    2km 666m


    Línea No. 705 e/ Paseo y A. Havana City
    4km 118m


    Calle 1ra. No. 40 e/ 0 y 2, CIMEX
    5km 729m


    Calle 70 e/ 1ra. y 3ra., Hotel LTI Panorama. Havana City
    8km 595m


    Calle 17 No. 8215 e/ 82 y 84. Havana City
    8km 777m


    Ave. 3ra. e/ 78 y 80. Havana City
    8km 936m


    Calle 16 No. 306 e/ 3ra. y 5ta.. Havana City
    8km 936m


    Calle 16 No. 310 e/ 3ra. y 5ta. Havana City
    8km 936m


    5ta. Ave. esq. a 112. Havana City
    10km 191m

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  • Hotel Parque Central

    Paseo del Prado e/ Neptuno y Virtudes. Havana City

    Hotel Sevilla

    Paseo del Prado esq. a Refugio. Havana City
    (537) 8639030 528m

    Hotel Deauville

    Calle Galiano esq. a Malecón. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba

    Lonja del Comercio

    Calle Oficios esq. a Baratillo. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 669628 1km 148m

    Hotel Vedado

    Calle O e/ 23 y 21. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    2km 135m

    Hotel Nacional

    Calle O y 21. Havana City
    (537) 8733564 3km 413m

    Hotel Cohiba

    Calle Paseo e/ 1ra. y 3ra. Havana City. Havana City. Cuba
    4km 400m

    Hotel Riviera

    Calle Paseo esq. a Malecón. Havana City
    (537) 662185 4km 560m

    Agromercado 15 y 24

    Calle 15 y 24, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 333915 5km 048m


    Ave. 5ta.B esq. a calle 2. Havana City. Cuba
    5km 502m

  • Clinics next to National Capitol Building Architecture
  • Hermanos Ameijeiras

    San Lazaro No. 701 e/ Belascoain y Marquez Gonzalez. Centro Haban
    (537) 8761000 1km 263m

    Retinosis Pigmentaria Centro Internacional Camilo Cienfuegos

    Calle L No. 151 e/ Linea y 13, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8333886 2km 930m

    Instituto Cardiovascular

    Calle 17 esq. a Paseo, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8382652-53 3km 756m

    SPA Hotel Riviera

    Malecón y Paseo, Vedado . Havana City
    (537) 8368756 4km 560m

    Sucursal Servicios Médicos Internacionales

    Calle 18 No. 4304 e/ 43 y 47, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2040114 5km 737m

    Centro de Histoterapia Placentaria

    Calle 18 esq. a 43. Playa. Havana City. Cuba
    5km 763m

    Cira Garcia, Clinica Central

    Calle 20 No. 4101 esq. a 41. Playa . Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2040331 5km 815m

    Ramon Pando Ferrer, Hospital

    Calle 76 No. 3104. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2654800 8km 037m

    Comodoro, SPA Club

    Ave 1ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2045049 9km 143m

    Orthopedic Hospital Frank Pais

    Ave. 51 No. 19603 e/ 196 y 200. Havana City, Cuba
    (537) 2627022 ext. 478 11km 944m

  • Drugstores next to National Capitol Building Architecture
  • International Drugstore Hotel Sevilla

    Calle Prado esq. a Trocadero. Havana City
    (5348) 8615703 528m

    International Drugstore Hotel Habana Libre

    Calle 23 esq. a L , Vedado. Havana City
    (5348) 8319538 2km 398m

    International Drugstore 41 y 20

    Ave. 41 esq. a 20, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2069985 5km 882m

    International Drugstore Casa Bella

    7ma. Ave. y 22 No. 2603. Havana City
    (537) 2047980 6km 444m

    International Drugstore Miramar Centro de Negocios

    Ave 3ra. y 82, Miramar. Havana City
    (537) 2044515 8km 928m

    International Drugstore SPA Comodoro

    Ave 3ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 2049385 9km 143m

  • National Capitol Building is located in Havana
  • Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.

    The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.

    The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.

    Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.

    Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.

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    • birdsofafeather1
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      Impossible to miss it
      El capitolio nacional located in the heart of the centre of Havana is the most important building of Paseo de Marti which is the road that leads from the Capitolio itself to the Castill de la Punta. It has been built in 1929 during the dictatorship of Gerardo Machado and at a first sight it may appear similar to the one in Washington. Its dome shaped roof is 30 meters high and you really can notice it from almost everywhere in the centre of the town. Inside you have museums and internet connection but it's closed on sunday.

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      El Capitolio
      A smaller version of the Capitol building in Washington DC, it was built between 1926 & 1929. On entering the foyer you are greeted by a 17m statue covered in 22-carat gold leaf. Embedded in the floor infront is a copy of a 24-carat diamond, don't forget to look upwards at the dome. It's then possible to walk round parts of the building, gaze into the vast library, the Chamber of Deputies & walk through the Hall of Lost Steps. The admission fee was 3 CUC.

    • birdsofafeather1
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      you are not in Washington
      No, you're not in Washington, although you can be forgiven for being mistaken. The Capitolio was once the seat of Cuba's House of Reperesentatives, between its opening in 1929 and the ascension of Fidel Castro to power in 1959. It was opened by dictator Gerardo Machado and was quite obviously modeled after the US Capitol as well as the basilica of Saint Pierre de Rome and Les Invalides in Paris (the US and France being two great influences in the development of modern Cuban culture). The Capitolio was designed by Italian architect Zanelli and it includes, inside, the statute of the Republic, the third largest indoor statue in the world (17 m).

    • birdsofafeather1
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      “The Capitolio ”
      Beautiful building much like that of United States. They claim it is abit taller though. Unfortunately lots of renovations going on. Like last year when i visited. Would have been awesome to see in its original slendour.

    • birdsofafeather1
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      “Sure looks like a capital building ”
      There's no mistaking this building as the seat of power. Impressive frontage with a large dome atop, currently scaffolded for restoration. Like a Minh congress building. Nice parks and other impressive building around it

    • birdsofafeather1
      Brian T
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      “Touring Habana ”
      This is one of those places where tourist seem to gather. Its a nice open area with a wide busy road. Busy roads attract taxis of all shapes and sizes and tourist can get pestered by the constant badgering, but easy to ignore. Its also a place for beggars and con men and women so caution is called for (yes... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
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      “Impressive architecture ”
      We only saw this building from the outside as it's encircled by metal fences due to renovation. Unfortunately, the dome at the top of the building is covered in sheeting/netting and scaffolding so it spoils most of the pictures too. I'm not sure what the inside would of been like but we would of looked round had it of been... More 

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      Maria F
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      “Big ”
      Was unfortunately, being refurbished while we visited, and wasn't able to go inside and see, but it is an impressive building, surrounded by green avenues, old buildings and American cars, and the partagas cigar factory is just behind, what more can you ask!!!

    • birdsofafeather1
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      “Impressive ”
      Built after the model of the USA capitol in Washington DC, it shares many of its architectural features. Dome is currently eclosed in scaffolding for refurb, so no entry at the moment.

    • birdsofafeather1
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      “Amazing architecture but covered by scaffolds ”
      All buildings here seemed crumbled, run down or covered in scaffolds. This is a grand building but so much construction work on and around it. A real shame. Everything takes more than a lifetime to fix.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Sissy M
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      “Impressive ”
      An impressive building, a replica to the American one. When we visited it was being restored. Now, it operates as a museum.

    • birdsofafeather1
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      “Impressive building ”
      A must see building ,similar to capital building in America ,it has been restored so its good to see important buildings being looked after .Good example of 1900 s architecture

    • birdsofafeather1
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      “The symbol of a lost era. ”
      The building is magnificent, the history about it can definitely define the times of corrupted era when the mafia was in charge ( different mafia from the one you find now in Havana) during the 1920´s and 1930´s.