Great Theatre of Havana, Havana . Cuba
- Destination: Havana
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- Address From: Prado e/ San Rafael y Consulado, Havana City. Cuba
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Centro Gallego de La Habana (Galician Center of Havana).
One of the architectural jewelry of Havana is placed in front of Parque Central, next to Capitolio Nacional and it is the Gran Teatro de La Habana. At the beginnings it was named Tacón and it was inaugurated in 1915 in the building which belonged to the Centro Gallego de La Habana.
Two aspects emerge from this institution, the first class art showed there, with outstanding personalities during its history (Sara Bernhardth, Enrico Caruso, Alicia Alonso), and the incredible neo-baroque façade of the building with the signature of the Belgian architect Paul Belau, and decorated by other international sculptors, which can be seen in its four sides covering a whole block between Consulado, San Rafael, San Martín and Prado streets.
Between seat and circles, the capacity of its main hall, named Federico García Lorca, is for two thousand people. Other two halls of a lower capacity formed part of the great cultural center, as well as, art galleries and other small premises for different artist companies which have their space there (National Ballet of Cuba, National Opera, etc).
Moreover, not only in its façade there are evidences of its exquisiteness, but also its indoors halls show the luxury and elegance of the time. Its stages have shown the better artistic representations of all times. There, the prestigious International Ballet Festival is held every two years where the most relevant worldwide personalities of this art have an excellent opportunity for meetin
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Great Theatre of Havana 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.