The House of Arabians
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
- Address: Oficios 114 e/ Obispo y Obrapia, Old Havana
The huge old house hosting this museum, placed in the very heart of the ancient part of Havana, is the materialization of the Moorish spirit that influenced with strength the Cuban architecture since the18th century.
The arches of red bricks, the shape of the ceilings and their galleries, the ample interior patios decorated with plants and flowers, are a synthesis of the examples of the constructive style inherited by Spain from the Muslim Arabia, the masons that arrived to Cuba.
Its rooms hold the cabinetworks inlaid of pearl and precious woods; the practical and majestic costumes of the nomads of Sahara, the camels’ riding mount of and outstanding manufacture, the confection of carpets and tapestries, and the zoco, a traditional Arabian market, which is reproduced in the museum.
In the exhibition there is also a beauty of nature: the Rose of the Desert, a rare calcareous structure in a form of a flower. It is formed in the sand when the humidity containing a high level of salt evaporates.
The Islamic weapons from the 18th and 19th centuries covered with gold and silver in a detailed ornament, are part of one of the most complete collections in the country. There is also a small reproduction of the dhow, typical sailing ships in the Persian Gulf, which have slightly change their image in the last 500 years.
The Ibn Jaldum library holds important collections concerning Arabian and Islamic topics, especially 19th century historical chronicles, essays about the Islam and text of contemporary Arabian and Islamic art.
The Arabian House is the only place where in the city having a Muslim worship room opened to national and foreign followers, with a collection of the Koran and other objects used in the cult.
This institution was inaugurated in November 16th, 1983 as part of a project of integral restoration led by the Office of the Historian of Havana.
Its cultural and educative program includes guided visits, exhibitions, concerts, conferences, dance shows, poets meetings, book launches, exposition of traditional costumes, tasting typical cuisine, post grade curses, and attention to the elders and children of the community.
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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. 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. 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).
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- The House of Arabians is located in Havana
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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.
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