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El Templete, Havana . Cuba

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  • Armas Square, Havana City. Cuba
  • Destination: Havana
  • Open: Daily
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This small neo-classical style construction was built in the second half of the 18th Century. It is located in Plaza de Armas on the site where the first public mass was celebrated and also the site of the first town council of the nascent town of San Cristóbal de La Habana. The Templete resembles a Doric temple and houses three commemorative canvasses by the famous French painter Juan Bautista Vermey. One of the walls exhibits the plate that declares Old Havana a World Heritage Site

Mapa de El Templete

El Templete 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: El Templete
Excellent Karin

El Templete
El Templete is a monument in Havana, Cuba, that pays homage to the place where the foundation of the town of San Cristóbal de la Habana was celebrated in 1519. The monument consists of bust of Christopher Columbus and three canvases painted by Jean Baptiste Vermay. It is Neoclassic building, typical example of colonial architecture. Close to the Templete, there is a column which replaces a silk-cotton tree, under which the first mass and the first Council of Havana were celebrated.

Excellent JJ

El Templete
El Templete is a monument in Havana, Cuba, that pays homage to the place where the foundation of the town of San Cristóbal de la Habana was celebrated in 1519. The monument consists of bust of Christopher Columbus and three canvases painted by Jean Baptiste Vermay. It is Neoclassic building, typical example of colonial architecture. Close to the Templete, there is a column which replaces a silk-cotton tree, under which the first mass and the first Council of Havana were celebrated.

Excellent yulieta

el templete
Feast your eyes on the glorious neoclassical architecture at Havana’s oldest square, built in the 1520s. A highlight is the Museo de la Ciudad, one of Cuba’s most comprehensive museums, located inside the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Make your way over to the sea-facing side of the plaza to take in the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the oldest remaining fort in the Americas, erected in the mid-1500s.

Poor Cuba C

“A little pricier than usual and the smallest portions in Havana. ”
The location is the only good thing about this restaurant. The restaurant was empty on a Friday night, which made me wonder why. The food was extremely salty and the portions were tiny. You get appetizer size for full entrees. Although the restaurant was empty they didn't want us to sit on the terrace to enjoy the view, The service... More 

Average Kim S

“Nice waterfront restaurant ”
Careful though. Service and quality of food ranges from very good to poor. Some visits are great but other times terrible. I do enjoy the ambience and view - definately worth a visit.

Very good CAB1972

“Nice location, good food ”
Have been on several occasions, food is generally good and the service pleasant and attentive. Would recommend.

Excellent BournemouthGuy

“Fantastic seafood restaurant ”
Had an excellent meal here, we could not fault it at all. Service was excellent, the fish and seafood were obviously very fresh, and there is a very good wine list to suit all pockets. We would certainly eat here again.

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