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  • Architecture: Focsa Building

    Focsa Building, Havana . Cuba

    • Destination: Havana
    • Open: Daily
    • Address From: calle 17, esq. O. Vedado. Havana City. Cuba
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  • Description Architecture: Focsa Building, Havana . Cuba

    The Edificio Focsa (1956) represents Havana's booming economy and foreign influence at the time. This 35-storey complex was conceived and based on Corbusian ideas of a self-contained city within a city. It contained 400 apartments, garages, a school and restaurant on the top floor. This was the tallest concrete structure in the world at the time and the ultimate symbol of luxury.

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  • Focsa Building 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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    psdunner

    “Look at it from the bus or in passing ”
    An architecturally undistinguished high ris from the 50s. Now it is a mix of residential and commercial, TV studios and generally not pretty. Not worth a special trip unless you pass by on the bus.

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    Kate O

    “terrific view, and that's all... ”
    The 33rd floor gives you a fair look from the Vedado end of town, but the food is overpriced and definitely not value for money, the area is not clean, and the Victorian dresses on the chairs gives the place a tired, kitsch look. Better to just have a drink at the bar!

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    RobinThom

    “El Torre or La Torre. ”
    The restaurant and bar share a private elevator with an entrance on Calle 17 (see photo). Use this one, not the elevators that service the main building. At 36 floors, it is the tallest building in Havana. You can buy a $2.50 beer and admire the view from the bar.

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    ChristopherGrayNYC

    “Sure, be a tourist .... ”
    ....but it is neat, panoramic view. Absolutely cool. I don't know anything about food, lunch was ... OK. But I am not into food, maybe it's great. But ... the view. Wow. Christopher Gray, New York

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    kittravels

    “A must-see excursion to experience awesome views of Havana ”
    Over the past 14 years I've made 11 trips to Havana (my favorite city in the world), but I mostly passed by the Focsa building without giving it a second thought. Though physically imposing from a distance, the building appears run-down at the street level, and it's not an easy place to comprehend as you walk around the perimeter and... More 

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    saprykin

    “Mmm.. Lobsters! ”
    Do not miss the La Torre restaurant on the top of the building. There is a private elevator right into it. Take the lobsters with cheese cooked by French chief - they the most awesome on Cuba! The cocktails are also great.

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    moineauQc

    “a must to do ”
    go there just for a drink or 2 the view is incredible ,you can eat there also and its not too expensive for the view of this place