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Bacardi Building Architecture, Havana . Cuba

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At the end of 19th Century, the Bacardi rum was very famous in Cuba and abroad. Its creator, Don Emilio Bacardi, was a Spaniard settled in the island. It is said that he had a bat as a talisman which was used as logo in the first distillery that made him to win fortune. It is known that Bacardi held the title of "Supplier of the Casa Real Española".

This decoration was given in the year 1886 thanks to the healing powers that the Bacardi liquor had on a serious illness the Spanish king Alfonso XVIII suffered during his childhood. With some many lineage and tradition, Don Emilio wished to build a venue worthy for the quality of his drink, thus, in the year 1920 began the construction of this magnificent architectural jewel, representative of the Art Decó in fashion at that time. The building was designed by the architects Esteban Rodriguez Castells, Rafael Fernandez Ruenes and Jose Menendez.

bacardi interiorIts construction cost about 400,000 pesos and last 5 years. At that moment, the tip of its main tower was the highest point of Cuba. The famous bat, symbol of the family and logo of the drink brand crowns this tower. The granite used in this construction was imported from Bavaria and Norway. From the latest, the first honeys used in the preparation of the rum.

The color of the ceramic flagstones covering the upper floors is bright yellow referring to white and gold rums exported by the famous firm. As a culmination of this building, the upper floors and the tower, both raised in a pyramidal way, are of the exquisite and bright design that combines blue and dun stripes with bright gold panels.

The richness of its interior decoration is given mainly by the natural beauty of its marbles, brought from Europe and for the complementation with typical accessories of Art Deco like lamps, ironworks, drawings, etc.

In the year 2001 the building was restored thanks to the cooperation with an Italian firm. It maintains in its interior the original decoration in a good shape, as well as, the external part of the building.

Today, the building is the headquarter for representative agencies of tour operators among others. The visitor can access to its interior and enjoy the bar located at the mezzanine

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Bacardi 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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Review about Architecture: Bacardi Building
Excellent Karl

Visit from USA
Now that travel restrictions have been eased it is possible to visit Cuba with a group that has received permission from the State Department to go to Cuba. I was there a few months ago with a group sponsored by Cuban Spirit and Vantage Travel. The main focus was culture, history, religion. The Cuban people were so welcoming

Average AMCUK

“Great views from the top. ”
Currently under renovations so we were only able to go straight to the top and take in the views. Not really sure about the cost. The guy on the door ushered us in and after explaining the limitations due to renovation said we could go up the lift to the top for 2 CUC so we handed over 2 for... More 

Very good Bruce180852

“World famous Bat ”
Our hotel, the iberostar Central Park was only a few minutes away from here, so we walked passed it quite a few times, it really is a beautiful Art Deco building, and you can well imagine how great it was in the hey days of the 50s and 60s. The building needs a bit of renovation, and is still a... More 

Very good 1974AAUU

“Superb view and history. ”
Unless your work for Bacardi or its competitors, this is just a building. A rather beautiful one indeed. If you into the history of this venerable Cuban company, the largest ever, you cannot miss the most famous bat in the word. You can access the lobby for free, a peekaview into what for sure was one of the most gorgeous... More 

Very good Ozless

“Great view of Havana ”
It is worth visiting the building for the view even if you are not interested in the architecture. The guard told us the lift to the viewing platform is available between noon and 7pm and charged us 2CUC. The view over Havana Veija and the harbour was amazing. We were the only ones there and took our time looking at... More 

Very good The_real_reesey

“Great views ”
Well worth the one peso to go to the top. Amazing views of the city. The building itself is like most of Havana now,a bit run down,but looks lovely.

Very good RonWamberal

“Stunning Art Deco building ”
Didn't see it inside but it stands out from a distance and is probably the most interesting building of its vintage - the Art Deco style is quite distinctive and is so different from most of the other Havana buildings which date from a pervious era.

Very good JasonandLynz

“Great views from the top ”
The building is quite rundown but thankfully there is a working lift which will take you to the top for stunning views across the city. Ask the guard in the reception area if you can go up to the top & he'll allow you to go up for 2CUC each. It's good value for money in my opinion although once... More 

Very good RonnieLind

“Cool building with great view ”
There is not much to see here. But if you want a good view over Havanna and can appreciate the Art Deco parts of the tower it's really worth 2 Cuc and the climb.

Excellent Adventurers049

“Fantastic arte deco building ”
A fabulous example of arte deco. Take some time to inspect the outside and the interior of the ground floor. Once you have done this, go to the rooftop and see the surrounding buildings, you might be surprised by them and the state of them too.

Excellent kittravels

“What the Barcardi family could not fit into their suitcases in their hasty exit from Cuba ”
The Bacardi Building is one of my favorite buildings in Havana. I have visited Havana 11 times in the past 14 years, and I always swing by this Art Deco grand dame to see how the renovations are coming (hey, things move slowly in Cuba). You can read all about the history and significance of the building online (it?s an... More 

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