House of Casa Lombillo Count Architecture, Havana . Cuba
- San Ignacio 364, e/ Teniente Rey y Muralla, , Havana City. Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
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Doña María Luisa Peñalver y Navarrete lived in this house until her dying day in 1792. She was the daughter of the General Treasurer of the Army and of the Royal Exchequer of Havana, the Marquis of Arcos. Her husband, Marshall of the Royal Army, Don Sebastián Calvo de la Puerta, belonged to one of the oldest families in Havana that had settled on the town since the 16th century. In 1786 he was granted the title of Marquis of Casa Calvo because of his military merits and his services to the Crown, among which his governorship of Louisiana stood out. He died in exile, for his wealth was seized after Napoleon’s fall. Afterwards, the house was inhabited by the first Counts of Casa Lombillo.
The facade of this two-story building located in Plaza Vieja is characterized by a beautiful façade with a cracked pediment and columns over high pedestals, a portal with three arches and an attractive continuous balcony.
The building was remodeled in the year 1989 with contemporaneous criteria.
In the 19th Century, the spaces of the loggia with blinds and glasses of different colors were closed and the iron rail that today we can appreciate was placed and the original roof was replaced.
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House of Casa Lombillo Count 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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