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  • Architecture: Obispo House on the corner of Mercaderes street

    Obispo House on the corner of Mercaderes street, Havana . Cuba

    • Destination: Havana
    • Open: Daily
    • Address: Obispo, 121-123 Esq. Mercaderes, Old Havana. Cuba
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  • Description Architecture: Obispo House on the corner of Mercaderes street, Havana . Cuba

    In a privileged site in a corner of the historic centre this two-storey house is located with tile ceiling and a viewpoint tower.

    From its original construction its continuous balcony covering the angle between the two streets, closed by shapely wooden balusters remains. It keeps also the spaces without garnishes in general, the archaic carved and ornate wood ceiling with double tie beams and the attractive finish of the corner room in small pyramids ending the angles.

    Among its transformations there is the exterior woodwork of the ground floor in Art Nouveau style.
    During the restoration of its façades, some paintings in the walls of the upper floor along Mercaderes street appeared and they were restored. Today they are part of the attractive structure of this building.

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  • Obispo House on the corner of Mercaderes street 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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    Varditkin

    “Too touristy to my liking ”
    This crowded street or rather promenade is a tourist trap. I was bothered by many people wanting me to come into their shop or by taxi/bike riders who offer to take you where ever your going. The only reason for me to go there was to change money!

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    psdunner

    “Ehhh ”
    I remember the earlier, quieter days of Obispo and today itislike walking the tourist gauntlet. Hand it to the Cubans for versti.ity and entrpreneurial spirit but hawkers are still hawkers in any country. I guess it's the price to pay for improved economy. Some architectural sites such as La Moderna Poesia book store at th beginning of Obispo.

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    CuriousSeeker

    “Cuban Life Music Heat ”
    One of the worlds great streets. Walk from the Market area up the street past the some of the great old Hotels of Cuba. The Music seeps out of the cafes into the street stop in and have a Cuba Libre and listen to some Salsa. The street is a great place to watch the people tourists and Cubans wander... More 

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    RugbyKev

    “Worth going down twice, or three times ”
    First time we walked down here, we were a bit intimidated, but then we were very tired it being our first day on honeymoon and probably needed more time to recover from the wedding before hitting this place, but by the end, we loved it. Not much fuss from the local hawkers, those that did were friendly and not persistent... More 

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    Tweetcoz

    “Touristy but visit here quickly ”
    Restaurants, shops, Ernest Hemingway stayed at the hotel here so tourists flock here. This is in the main square area. The garden around here has many activities. Wooden street, fort with moat, architecture etc all here.

  • birdsofafeather1
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    RonWamberal

    “A real sense of people and life ”
    Always crowded but so much activity - great variety of activity from museums to cafes to clothes shops - a must do in Havana and it links 2 main areas, Parque Central and Plaza Vieja

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    Cynthia Y

    “crowed street ”
    I liked going to a bar and sit there to drink some water while listening to live music. A lots of cubans and tourist walk along the street. Its pretty safe.

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    Mirtha

    “Full of life ”
    Yes, it is touristy but it is also just so interesting, I loved this street and walked up and down it many times. Due to construction work the path can be in very bad condition and you need to be careful. There was also some very heavy rain when I was there and it gets very dirty underfoot. There is... More 

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    GQBADBOY

    “My favourite place to just hang out! ”
    Althought some may call it touristy, I find it refreshing and full of new things to see everyday. Live music is always around. I love learning about the history of cities and this is the place to find much of the colonial aspects of La Habana. Constant restoration around Old Havana is happening because of the Habaguanex group, so the... More 

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    TolouseKytzia

    “You can't "see" Havana without walking down Obispo! ”
    This street is great in so many ways. The music coming from every direction, watching the locals, the "authentic" Cohiba cigars being offered, the bars, the food, the stores, etc etc. Should not be missed and take your time exploring it.