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Cuba´s National Art School Architecture, Havana . Cuba

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  • Reparto Cubanacan. Playa. Havana City. Cuba
  • Destination: Havana
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Cuba’s National Art Schools, an example of Cuba's architecture after the Revolution. The schools embody Cuba’s cultural heritage, radical architecture, regional building technologies, and restored hope for Cuba’s future. In 1999, they were placed on the World Monuments Fund Watch List, which calls attention to endangered cultural heritage sites

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Cuba´s National Art School 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: Cuba´s National Art School
Excellent Carmen J

At the beginning of the sixties on a terrain that was part of the exclusive Country Club, Fidel Castro commissioned the construction of a Centre dedicated to the teaching and development of the arts. As the U.S embargo already started to affect the island, the Italian architects Garatti and Gottardi and the Cuban Porro were obliged to economize. They decided to adapt their selection of materials to the very nature of the site. Catalan bricks and vaults offer the fundament of its interlacing galleries, cupolas and staircases imposing a strong red contrast to its green surroundings. The five different schools which comprise the Centre (modern dance, ballet, plastic arts, dramatic arts and painting) are situated in independent locations, parts of an harmonic complex. The result not only escapes defined tendencies, creating an individual, faultless and elegant style but raises this construction into one of the most commented buildings of the XX century. An absolute “must-see” to a cultivated traveller.

Excellent Jehnarz

“A work of art ”
Woodroad described it perfectly in his/her review so I won't repeat the description, but I will say that everything you see while you are at the Instituto Superior de Arte is in itself a work of art. Even the crosswalk was an artistic statement. We were lucky enough to get to explore the unfinished ballet building, and the architecture is... More 

Excellent Woodroad

“An absolute gem ”
ISA is a collection of visual, musical, dance, and communications arts that was founded in 1976. Although three complexes were originally planned and were to be designed by three architects (two Italian and one Cuban), only one was finally completed in about 2003, the section for visual arts. These buildings were designed by the Cuban architect, Ricardo Porro, and are... More 

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