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Cuba Touristic Zones: Old Havana

Posted October 13, 2003 by publisher in Cuba Travel.
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Old Havana, which for centuries was inside the walled part of the city, was founded in late 1519 at the port Carenas. Its primary nucleus consists of buildings that were erected around a series of public squares and tiny areas adjoining monasteries and old churches. A constant victim of attacks by pirates, corsairs and enemies of the Spanish Crown, the village of San Cristobal de La Habana had to be fortified with a powerful defense system, some of whose major fortresses, such as the Castle of the Royal Force, the Tres Reyes del Morro Castle and the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña still preserve their original elegance. UNESCO declared Old Havana and its System of Colonial Fortifications Humankind’s Cultural Heritage in 1982. The magnitude of the restoration works that have been done there since the 1970s makes it advisable for travelers to follow routes so as not to miss any of its attractions. Above all, do not miss the 9 o’clock cannon shot, with its colonial-style ceremony. Havana’s historic center covers approximately 142 hectares and contains around 3,500 buildings, one seventh of which are of great value. The restoration of this valuable historic and cultural heritage began in 1976. Two years later, Old Havana was declared a national monument.

Beltrán de Santa Cruz, Hotel
City hotel / Havana (Colonial) 

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Del Tejadillo, Hotel
City hotel / Havana (Colonial) 

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El Meson de la Flota, Inn
City hotel / Havana (Colonial) 

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Palacio O´Farrill, Hotel
City hotel / Havana (Colonial) 

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Plaza, Hotel
City hotel / Havana (Colonial) 

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Raquel, Hotel
City hotel / Havana (Colonial) 

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Sevilla, Hotel
City hotel / Havana (Colonial)

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Armadores de Santander, Hotel
City hotel / Havana (Colonial) 

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Inglaterra, Hotel
City hotel / Havana (Colonial) 

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Park View, Hotel

Member Comments

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On December 06, 2004, Enrique wrote:

HJay mucha historia en Cuba como en otras islas del caribe,y apenas se encuentra informacion es una pena,de haiti uno busca historia colonial del tiempo de gobierno frances y no aparece nada,Cuba esta llena de historia y de contruciones que uno admira por su historia y los relatos de sus paredes y la internet de esto no se dice nada,se que como yo hay muchos amantes de las contrucciones coloniales y relatos como el de la Isabelica en la Gran Piedra y la historia de amor en Angerona,y la internet ni sabe que es Angerona,deseo se de a conocer todo esto Gracias Enrique un loco amante del siglo pasado.