The traditional Artisan Market of the Cathedral Square has found a new venue in a recently refurbished Pier store, formerly the San José stores, a work done by the Office of the Historian in order to preserve and protect the Havana’s heritage and create a new place for the promotion and enjoyment of genuine values of the Cuban culture.
The new center, long considered the oldest of the harbor piers, located at the Avenida del Puerto and right on Havana harbor, the area has been, since ancient times, a commercial location and pier stores which now on will display art and handicrafts created by most of the most skilled Cuban artisans.
Here, Cubans and foreigner alike will have the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the Havana Bay, refreshing breezes from the sea and cultural activities which will enhance the cultural panorama of Habana Vieja.
Built in 1885 with the most advanced techniques of the time, the newly rehabilitated building has been perfectly preserved after a long and painful process of restoration.
The city artisans will have an ideal place to display and sell their wares, while using restored old railroad lines rescued by the archeologist, adults and children alike will have the opportunity to enjoy short rides along Alameda de Paula, once qualified by the famous Cuban composer and musician Gonzalo Roig as “The wonderful, marvelous and excellent Alameda”.
A walk along this avenue with its benches, trees and adequate lightning will complete your vacation experience. The ancient Paula Church, now a concert hall, will bring you back in time, a place once frequented by the Cuban families residing in the very old city San Cristóbal de La Habana.
Theater, expositions, music, and general cultural events will have a space beside the modern and functional stands for artistic handcrafts which are part of a whole cultural complex intended to harmonize past and present and enhance the beauty of Havana’s waterfront, neglected for many years but loved by Cubans and visitors alike.
The opening of the new cultural venue on November 1st is just part of a bigger project to bring back life in each and every building along the Avenida del Puerto, a vital city artery which offers unique views of the bay and castles guarding a city founded 490 years ago along the coast.
The new market will be open every day including Sundays and holidays (except national Holidays or when the authorities declare special holidays) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Entrance is free of charge. There are food venues, money exchange facilities, public toilets, public phones and a representative of the Cuban Travel Agency San Cristobal that caters to American tourists.