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  • Architecture: National Capitol Building

    National Capitol Building, Havana . Cuba

    • Destination: Havana
    • Open: Daily
    • Address: Prado y Neptuno, Havana City. Cuba
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  • Description Architecture: National Capitol Building, Havana . Cuba

    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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  • Interesting Place next to National Capitol Building
  • Chinese Neighborhood Chinese Neighborhood

    Lat:23.13357   Lon:-82.36096 

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    It was born in Havana City by the middle of 1800. Recently restored and rejuvenated, it has come alive…

    Fuente de la India Fuente de la India

    Lat:23.13320   Lon:-82.35840 

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    Floridita Floridita

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    This bar is one of the most elegant bars in all of Havana, with many of its patrons being important…

    Club Badiana Club Badiana

    Lat:23.13827   Lon:-82.35880 

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    Relax and enjoy the sun at pool located on the top floor while recreatinga nice view of Old Havana.…

    Paseo del Prado (Prado Avenue) Paseo del Prado (Prado Avenue)

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    Once the central artery of the city, the Prado (also known as the Paseo de Martí), is a boulevard…

    Fine Arts Museum Fine Arts Museum

    Lat:23.14018   Lon:-82.35725 

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    The National Fine Arts Museum was created in 1913 and in 1955 it was moved to the building that currently…

    Centro Habana Centro Habana

    Lat:23.13743   Lon:-82.36528 

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    The Capitolio marks the beginning of central Havana, a working class neighborhood, where alot of buildings…

    Museum of Revolution Museum of Revolution

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    It is located in a colorful building of a large dome and a mixture of styles which was official residence…

    La Bodeguita del Medio La Bodeguita del Medio

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    The walls are plastered with autographs and drawings left by travelers who have relished the bar's grilled…

    La Muralla de la Habana La Muralla de la Habana

    Lat:23.12900   Lon:-82.35350 

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    Originally intended to afford Havana's citizens protection from marauding pirates and bandits, they…

  • Museums next to National Capitol Building
  • Fine Arts Museum Fine Arts Museum

    Lat:23.14018   Lon:-82.35725 

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    The National Fine Arts Museum was created in 1913 and in 1955 it was moved to the building that currently…

    Numismatic Museum Numismatic Museum

    Lat:23.13863   Lon:-82.35343 

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    Located in the ancient Monte de Piedad (pawnshop), it exhibits the largest collection of Cuban coins…

    Museum of Revolution Museum of Revolution

    Lat:23.14170   Lon:-82.35670 

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    It is located in a colorful building of a large dome and a mixture of styles which was official residence…

    Historical Museum of Sciences Carlos J. Finlay Historical Museum of Sciences Carlos J. Finlay

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    Its building has been declared National Monument. From 1868, it housed the Real Academia de las Ciencias…

    Birth Home of Jose Marti Birth Home of Jose Marti

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    It was the humble birth home of Cuba’s National Hero, who also was one of the most outstanding figures…

    Convento de Santa Clara de Asis Convento de Santa Clara de Asis

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    One of the oldest and best of the Spanish colonial monasteries on the island, this building is now home…

    Art Colonial Museum Art Colonial Museum

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    It exhibits furniture, stained glass, and porcelain collections as well as many other carefully preserved…

    Centro Wilfredo Lam Centro Wilfredo Lam

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    This little museum and gallery is dedicated to the memory of Cuba's most treasured modern artist. The…

    National Museum of Music National Museum of Music

    Lat:23.14360   Lon:-82.35550 

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    The National Museum of Music exhibits collections that provide the visitor with a great deal of information…

    National Music Museum National Music Museum

    Lat:23.14360   Lon:-82.35550 

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    A beautiful small palace built at the beginning of XX century, with a elaborated prevalence of the eclecticism…

  • Squares next to National Capitol Building
  • Albear Square Albear Square

    Lat:23.13770   Lon:-82.35730 

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    Cristo Square Cristo Square

    Lat:23.13580   Lon:-82.35610 

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    By agreement of the town council, in March, 1640 the Plaza del Cristo was created. The project also…

    Plaza Vieja - Old Square Plaza Vieja - Old Square

    Lat:23.13600   Lon:-82.35000 

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    Considering the decision taken by the keeper of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, in the first half of…

    Cathedral Square Cathedral Square

    Lat:23.14120   Lon:-82.35178 

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    The area where the Plaza de la Catedral is located used to be, according to 17th century records, a…

    Armas  Square Armas Square

    Lat:23.13940   Lon:-82.35060 

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    The first known public square of Havana was located on the spot that, later on in the 16th century,…

    Arms Square Arms Square

    Lat:23.13940   Lon:-82.35060 

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    Today called Marti Park, from there were planned the first 25 blocks of what would be the urban center…

    San Fransisco  Square San Fransisco Square

    Lat:23.13750   Lon:-82.34860 

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    Called San Francisco because of the convent next to it, this square was conceived in 1628, with the…

    Jose Marti ­ Revolution Square Jose Marti ­ Revolution Square

    Lat:23.12420   Lon:-82.38590 

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    The area was originally called Civic Square, in the 1950s. During the past 40 years, it has been the…

  • Areas of Natural Interest next to National Capitol Building
  • National Botanical Gardens National Botanical Gardens

    Lat:22.99233   Lon:-82.34296 

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    This spacious area located in Lenin Park contains everything from a Japanese garden to greenhouses bursting…

  • City next to National Capitol Building
  • San Jose de las Lajas San Jose de las Lajas

    Lat:22.961390   Lon:-82.151110 

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  • Architecture next to National Capitol Building
  • National Capitol Building National Capitol Building

    Lat:23.13560   Lon:-82.35970 

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    In 1929 the lot, where the first railroad station in Havana had been built was occupied by the National…

    Gran Teatro de La Habana Gran Teatro de La Habana

    Lat:23.13680   Lon:-82.35930 

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    Asturian Center Building Asturian Center Building

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    The Asturian Center opened up in this new see in 1927. Eclectic in style, the building has four storeys…

    Aldama Palace Aldama Palace

    Lat:23.13218   Lon:-82.36083 

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    Many wealthy Habaneros took their inspiration from the French; this can be seen within the interiors…

    Bacardi Building Bacardi Building

    Lat:23.13890   Lon:-82.35718 

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    At the end of 19th Century, the Bacardi rum was very famous in Cuba and abroad. Its creator, Don Emilio…

    America Building America Building

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    The building constructed for Mr. Antonio Rodriguez Vazquez, in the corner of Galiano and Neptuno 188…

    Central Railroad Station Building Central Railroad Station Building

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    After the old Army Arsenal was torn down, on the site where it had stood, the Railroad Station was built…

    Moron Railroad Station Moron Railroad Station

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    It was built in 1923 according to eclectic styles but with a neocolonial influence that resembles structures…

    Santa Clara de Asis Convent and Church Santa Clara de Asis Convent and Church

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    The influence from different styles and cultures can be seen in Havana's colonial architecture, with…

    Convento de Santa Clara de Asis Convento de Santa Clara de Asis

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  • Churches and Convents next to National Capitol Building
  • Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje Church Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje Church

    Lat:23.13618   Lon:-82.35606 

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    Before the Iglesia del Cristo was erected in 1640, a hermitage devoted to Nuestra Señora del…

    Santa Teresa de Jesus Convent and Church Santa Teresa de Jesus Convent and Church

    Lat:23.13571   Lon:-82.35373 

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    This was the last of the convents established in Havana in the 18th century. Its founders were the Doctor…

    Santo Angel Costudio Church Santo Angel Costudio Church

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    It lies on one of the few and modest hills of the city, at first called Peña Pobre and then Loma…

    Santa Clara de Asis Convent and Church Santa Clara de Asis Convent and Church

    Lat:23.13414   Lon:-82.35066 

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    National Center for Restoration, Preservation and Museology This convent was the first monastery of…

    Havana Cathedral Havana Cathedral

    Lat:23.14120   Lon:-82.35178 

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    The area where the Plaza de la Catedral is located used to be, according to 17th century records, a…

    San Carlos y San Ambrosio San Carlos y San Ambrosio

    Lat:23.14176   Lon:-82.35187 

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    Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced

    Lat:23.13147   Lon:-82.35021 

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    Since 1638 several setbacks conspired against this convent being built, but finally, with help from…

    San Fransisco de Asis Convent San Fransisco de Asis Convent

    Lat:23.13705   Lon:-82.34866 

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    San Francisco de Paula Church San Francisco de Paula Church

    Lat:23.13090   Lon:-82.34880 

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    On the same spot where the Ermita del Calvario was first located, the Women´s Hospital of Saint…

    Iglesia Metodista Iglesia Metodista

    Lat:23.13776   Lon:-82.38349 

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    The architect Ricardo E. Acosta won the Franklin Gold Medal 1951, which gave valuable prize annually…

  • Monuments next to National Capitol Building
  • Antonio Maceo Monument Antonio Maceo Monument

    Lat:23.14120   Lon:-82.37210 

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    Monument to the victims of Maine Monument to the victims of Maine

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    This monument is located in Vedado, close to Linea and Malecon. It was built in 1926, crowned by an…

    Jose Marti Monument Jose Marti Monument

    Lat:23.12260   Lon:-82.38640 

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    A great exhibit of the life and work of the Apostle, and the story of the Memorial. A lookout from the…

    Jose Marti Memorial Jose Marti Memorial

    Lat:23.12260   Lon:-82.38640 

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    A great exhibit of the life and work of the Apostle, and the story of the Memorial. A lookout from the…

  • Colonial Fortress next to National Capitol Building
  • The Prince Fortress The Prince Fortress

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    After the siege and occupation of Havana by the English, from 1762 to 1763, a careful consideration…

    Real Fuerza Castle Museum Real Fuerza Castle Museum

    Lat:23.14020   Lon:-82.34990 

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    Around 1540 there was a fortress called Fuerza Vieja (Old Forces) in the place later occupied by the…

    San Salvador de la Punta Fort San Salvador de la Punta Fort

    Lat:23.14600   Lon:-82.35750 

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    La Punta just like El Morro was designed to protect the entrance to the Havana Bay that became an important…

    Morro Castle Morro Castle

    Lat:23.14920   Lon:-82.35510 

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    From the 16th century on, the advantages of the natural rocky elevation that lay by the bay’s…

    San Lazaro Turret San Lazaro Turret

    Lat:23.14160   Lon:-82.37408 

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    The creek next to the town, where the turret was erected was known at first by the name of the lot’s…

    Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

    Lat:23.14710   Lon:-82.34950 

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    Restablished the Hispanic dominance in Havana, one of the first dispositions of the king Carlos III,…

    Castillo de Jagua Castillo de Jagua

    Lat:23.13578   Lon:-82.38805 

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    In Castillo de Jagua Fortress, which is considered the 3ª important fortress of the country and…

    Chorrera Fortress Chorrera Fortress

    Lat:23.13200   Lon:-82.40950 

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    If the 16th century had La Real Fuerza as an invulnerable shield in its military conception, and the…

    Cojimar Fortress Cojimar Fortress

    Lat:23.16730   Lon:-82.29460 

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    If the 16th century had La Real Fuerza as an invulnerable shield in its military conception, and the…

    Cojimar Fortress Cojimar Fortress

    Lat:23.16730   Lon:-82.29460 

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    If the 16th century had La Real Fuerza as an invulnerable shield in its military conception, and the…

  • Car rental offices next to National Capitol Building
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    Calle Neptuno esq Prado. La Habana Vieja
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    Hotel Plaza Car rental officeHotel Plaza Car rental office

    Calle Ignacio Agramonte. Havana Vieja
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    Hotel Sevilla Car rental officeHotel Sevilla Car rental office

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  • Gas stations next to National Capitol Building
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    Calle 23 e Infanta, Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
    (537) 8731480/873148 2km 101m

    Tángana Gas stations Tángana Gas stations

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

    L y 17 Gas stations L y 17 Gas stations

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

    Guanabo Gas stations Guanabo Gas stations

    Vía Blanca No. 46005 y 462, Intermitente de Guanabo. Havana City. Cuba
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    Ayestarán Gas stations Ayestarán Gas stations

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

    Riviera Gas stations Riviera Gas stations

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

    17 y 12 Gas stations 17 y 12 Gas stations

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

    Santa Catalina Gas stations Santa Catalina Gas stations

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

    El Tunel Gas stations El Tunel Gas stations

    Calle 2 No. 518 e/ 5ta. B y 7ma. B, Miramar, Havana City. Cuba
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    31 y 18 Gas stations 31 y 18 Gas stations

    Ave. 31 y 18, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba. Havana City. Cuba
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    Calle 17 e/ M y N, FOCSA. Havana City
    2km 666m

    0014 Automatic Cash 0014 Automatic Cash

    Línea No. 705 e/ Paseo y A. Havana City
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    Calle 1ra. No. 40 e/ 0 y 2, CIMEX
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    0115 Automatic Cash 0115 Automatic Cash

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    8km 936m

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  • Currency Exchange next to National Capitol Building
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    Paseo del Prado e/ Neptuno y Virtudes. Havana City
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    Ave. 5ta.B esq. a calle 2. Havana City. Cuba
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    (537) 8368756 4km 560m

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    Calle 18 No. 4304 e/ 43 y 47, Miramar. Havana City
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    Calle 18 esq. a 43. Playa. Havana City. Cuba
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    Cira Garcia, Clinica Central Clinic Cira Garcia, Clinica Central Clinic

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

    Ramon Pando Ferrer, Hospital Clinic Ramon Pando Ferrer, Hospital Clinic

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

    Comodoro, SPA Club Clinic Comodoro, SPA Club Clinic

    Ave 1ra. y 84, Miramar. Havana City. Cuba
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    Ave. 51 No. 19603 e/ 196 y 200. Havana City, Cuba
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  • Drugstores next to National Capitol Building
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    Calle Prado esq. a Trocadero. Havana City
    (5348) 8615703 528m

    International Drugstore Hotel Habana Libre Drugstore International Drugstore Hotel Habana Libre Drugstore

    Calle 23 esq. a L , Vedado. Havana City
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    International Drugstore 41 y 20 Drugstore International Drugstore 41 y 20 Drugstore

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

    International Drugstore Casa Bella Drugstore International Drugstore Casa Bella Drugstore

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

    International Drugstore Miramar Centro de Negocios Drugstore International Drugstore Miramar Centro de Negocios Drugstore

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

    International Drugstore SPA Comodoro Drugstore International Drugstore SPA Comodoro Drugstore

    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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    Monica

    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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    Ro

    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.

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    Yole

    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).

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    MrPostie99

    “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.

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    Wms3070

    “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

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    Brian T

    “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 

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    JasonandLynz

    “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

    “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!!!

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    MonsDenis

    “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.

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    Tweetcoz

    “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.

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    Sissy M

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

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    Mary38677

    “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

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    Colors68

    “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.