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Museo de la Orfebreria, Havana . Cuba

  • Obispo Nr 113, between Mercaderes and Oficios, Old Havana.
  • Destination: Havana
  • Open: Daily
  • Telephone: 863 9861.
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Located in an old colonial house where the famous silversmith Gregorio Tabares lived and had his workshop since 1707, the House of Silversmith also hosts the Congregation of San Eloy Silversmiths, which gathers those who have this occupation at present.

This building has had several functions and owners. After 1959 it hosted a minting workshop. In 1996, it reopened its doors as Museum of Silversmith, where a valuable collection of artistic and common pieces is exhibited, that attest the development reached by Cubans in this art, despite the lack of important precious metal deposits at the largest island of the Antilles.

house of silversmithAmong the pieces of various values that can be found in this unique museum, in fact the ones made in Havana stand out, all belonging to Cuban aristocratic families. Jewels, clocks, ash trays, desktops, numismatic pieces; utensils for toilet, dining room, religious cult, or for decorating arms, canes and bedrooms, allow to appreciate the mastery of the techniques and the good taste of those who combine the roughness of a blacksmith with the gentleness of an artist.

Pieces from the 19th century and first quarter of the 20th century predominate. Some objects made in the 18th century stir our interest due to their antiquity and beauty. One of the most significant values of the building is its wide and varied mural painting.

The institution also offers conferences, cultural exhibitions and other transitory activities.

Mapa de Museo de la Orfebreria

Museo de la Orfebreria 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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