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  • Interesting Places: Havana University

    Havana University, Havana . Cuba

    • Destination: Havana
    • Open: Daily
    • Address From: Calle L y San Lazaro, Vedado, Havana City
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  • Description Interesting Places: Havana University, Havana . Cuba

    Founded in 1728, the University of Havana is the largest and oldest institution of higher learning in Cuba, and one of the foremost in the continent, distinguished as much for its tradition of academic excellence as for its scientific and pedadogical standards. Sarah Lawrence students have access to a broad range of classes taught by faculty in five general areas—philosophy, history and sociology; arts and letters, including literature; psychology and women’s studies; biology; and health sciences. As you explore the various disciplines, you’ll find both subtle and significant differences from the U.S. approach to each. For instance, the Cuban psychological tradition, rather than focusing on the individual, emphasizes family, community and the social environment

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  • Havana University 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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  • birdsofafeather1
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    mary h

    “Shameful ”
    The University was bulldozed down and the current building built it is out of character to the rest of street which is a great shame, then added a façade to the side thinking it made things right awful.

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    psdunner

    “Intersting ”
    Worth seeing the main university and famous staircase with a statue of Alma Mater. Better with a tour guide which can be arranged through the administration.

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    Ann C

    “Great visit, go with a guide ”
    Was very interesting to get a sense of campus life at THE best university in the country. What started as a Catholic college taught by priests is now secular. There' are vast fields of concentration, the humanities, arts, science, medicine, law, engineering, economics. We had opportunity to meet with some current students to get a sense of campus life.. Worth... More 

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    Wms3070

    “I have seen from outside ”
    i didn't go inside but you don't need to get the picture. In its day this would have been a high level educational institution and it may well still be. Very impressive buildings. Trendy are too good to wonder around. Plenty of cafes here and some wonderful late Victorian style houses and gardens.

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    gandhy2014

    “A shrine for knowledge ”
    The U.H (University of Havana) is the oldest College in Cuba. It wasn?t the result of the Enlightment ideas cause it was founded early in the XVIII Century (1728) by a Religious Order, and authorized by the Pope Innocent XIII and the Spanish King Phillip V. Nevertheless, for the first time, people of the island hadn?t travel to Mexico or... More 

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    Fatima786

    “Massive ”
    It is extremely big and on the busways and public transport. They alsio have the residences very nearby and have a vast amount of international students on the campus.

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    Remandy C

    “Very Beautiful ”
    This collection of buildings is quite restful and beautiful. It feels like you are on the campus of an old and much revered European Ivy League University.

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    traveloebus

    “Alma Mater ”
    With huge steps and the statue just in front this place looks marvellous. I wish I were a student here. It looks like very intelligent and elegant place to study.

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    SaltLifeAdventurer

    “Very polite students ”
    I enjoyed walking the campus, seeing the architecture, the students were friendly and hospitable. It is nice to see such diversity in such a diverse city.

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    ditorresm

    “1939 building frozen in time ”
    Beautiful huge trees have overtaken the inside gardens. The building is a key representation of the potential the city had early in the xxth century. The classrooms must be visited, to be time warped to last century.