Lonja del Comercio Building Comerce Guild Architecture, Havana . Cuba
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Lonja del Comercio Building Comerce Guild
Open since 1909, the project was designed by the Valencian architect and sculptor Tomás Mur, winner of the contest that, to this end, had been announced since 1903.
The American company Purdy & Henderson was in charge of the construction.
The building was erected on the site where, in 1878, stood the Grocer’s Guild, regular meeting place of proprietors and traders who used to review and get agreements about their products prices here.
The building as can be seen today is of Renaissance style. It has 6 storeys, a wide arched porch and a dome topped by a bronze figurine of the commerce god Mercury; which is a copy of a work by the Italian artist Juan de Boloña.
At present it has been restored by the real state company Auria, to rent it to commercial enterprises requiring office space.
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Lonja del Comercio Building Comerce Guild 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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