Central Railroad Station Building, Havana . Cuba
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Description Architecture: Central Railroad Station Building, Havana . Cuba
After the old Army Arsenal was torn down, on the site where it had stood, the Railroad Station was built in 1912. This one substituted the old Villanueva train station, located on the lot occupied today by the Capitol. Cuba had railroads since 1873 being one of the first countries in the world to do so. The building copies some features of the Spanish renaissance and it is the work of American engineers, architects and contractors.
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Central Railroad Station 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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“Looking Past Its Best ”
This was once a delightful and loved building. LIke the great majority of places in Cuba funds do not allow for the up keep which results in a poor experience.
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“A must for true train spotters ”
The railway station and its surroundings are full of old charming trains. In front of the station there are several old steam trains in a display. They are so pretty! Since it is very central, you should go and see it, just for a while.