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Historic Heritage for Tourism in Cuba

Tourism in Cuba, which has a strategic geographical location in the Caribbean region, is based on the island nation's natural, cultural and historic wealth.

In addition to dozens of excellent beaches distributed throughout the Cuban archipelago, the island boasts a rich architectural heritage influenced by the Spanish presence during colonial times and European culture during the time that followed the colonization of the island.

Precisely, that element turns the Cuban capital, one of the first seven villages founded by the Spanish conquistadors and initially called San Cristóbal de La Habana, and especially its historic heart, into a key element in many tourist programs.

Havana's historic heart, declared Humankind's Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), holds most of the city's museums, churches, cultural centers and buildings from the Spanish colonial period. Old Havana covers an area of 4.5 square kilometers and has a rich colonial architecture and centuries-old customs and traditions.

For those who want to stay in an environment full of centuries-old memories, the company Habaguanex S.A. runs a broad network of hotels in Old Havana.

The heart of the Cuban capital consists of a series of castles, fortresses and highly valuable buildings constructed around a system of squares, monasteries and temples.

La Giraldilla, the symbol of Havana
Paula Church. Alameda de Paula
View of the Revolution Museum.

Those open spaces, especially the Arms, Cathedral, Old, Cristo and San Francisco squares, marked the design of the so-called inner city.

Called at the time the Fortified City of the West Indies and the Key to the New World, Havana is at present a living museum showing a wide range of architectural styles, as a result of the different stages of the development of the city.

Among the establishments in Old Havana is the Beltrán de Santa Cruz Hotel, which offers 11 rooms and is housed in an elegant 18th-century mansion near the Old Square.

The building welcomed world-famous personages who visited Cuba at the time, including German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, as well as the Count of Beaujolais and the Dukes of Montpensier and Orleans, princes of France.

Another famous establishment is the Santa Isabel, which is housed in the former house of the Count of Santovenia, built in the early 18th century and later sold to an US businessman, who turned it into a hotel that operated from 1867 to 1887.

The hotel's 27 rooms, including ten junior suites, are decorated with Spanish colonial furniture, including iron-wrought beds. The rooms on the third floor have small terraces.

However, the hotel's best attraction is its privileged location, as it is at walking distance from the place where first mass was held and the first town council was established, two events that marked the foundation of the Village of San Cristóbal de La Habana.

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Alameda de Paula Promenade
Places of Interest

Alameda de Paula

La Habana
Anfiteatro de La Habana
Theaters

Ave. del Puerto y Peña Pobre

La Habana
Aquarium of Old Havana
Places of Interest

Calle Teniente Rey No. 9 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes

La Habana
Asturian Center
Museums

Calle O´Reilly e/ Zulueta y Monserrate

La Habana
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
Places of Interest

Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Churruca

La Habana
Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro)
Places of Interest

Ribera este del canal de entrada a la bahía de La Habana

La Habana
Cathedral of Havana
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Empedrado No. 158 e/ Mercaderes y San Ignacio

La Habana
Cathedral Square
Places of Interest

Calle Empedrado y San Ignacio

La Habana
Central Park
Parks

Paseo del Prado

La Habana
Centro Gallego-Great Theater of Havana
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado e/ San Rafael y San José

La Habana
De la Real Fuerza Castle
Places of Interest

Calle O´Reilly No. 2 e/ Ave. del Puerto y Tacón

La Habana
El Templete
Places of Interest

Calle Baratillo e/ O´Reilly y Enna, Plaza de Armas

La Habana
Generals of the Army Palace
Places of Interest

Calle Tacón e/ Obispo y O´Reilly

La Habana
Historical-Military Park Morro-Cabaña
Places of Interest

Carretera de La Cabaña

La Habana
Museum of the City
Museums

Calle Tacón No. 1 e/ Obispo y O´Reilly

La Habana
National Capitol Hill
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado e/ Dragones y San José

La Habana
National Museum of Fine Arts
Museums

Calle Trocadero e/ Zulueta y Monserrate

La Habana
Old Havana and its Colonial Fortress System
World Heritage Sites

La Habana Vieja

La Habana
Old Villa of San Cristobal of Havana
Urban Historic Centers

La Habana Vieja

La Habana
Plaza de Armas (Parade Ground)
Parks

Calles Tacón, Obispo, Baratillo y O`Reilly

La Habana
Plaza Vieja (Old Square)
Parks

Calles San Ignacio, Teniente Rey, Mercaderes y Muralla

La Habana
Prado Promenade
Places of Interest

Paseo del Prado

La Habana
Remains of the Wall of Havana
Places of Interest

La Habana Vieja

La Habana
San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary
Places of Interest

Calle San Ignacio No. 5 e/ Empedrado y Tacón

La Habana
San Carlos de la Cabaña Fort
Places of Interest

Ribera este del canal de entrada a la bahía de La Habana

La Habana
San Francisco Square
Parks

Calles Oficios, Amargura y San Pedro

La Habana
San Salvador de la Punta Castle
Places of Interest

Ave. del Puerto y Paseo del Prado

La Habana
Segundo Cabo Palace
Places of Interest

Calle O´Reilly No. 4 esq. a Tacón

La Habana
Taquechel Pharmacy Museum
Museums

Calle Obispo No. 155 e/ San Ignacio y Mercaderes

La Habana
The Christ of Havana
Places of Interest

Bahía de La Habana

La Habana
The Great Statue of the Republic
Places of Interest

Capitolio de La Habana, Paseo del Prado y Teniente Rey

La Habana
The Traditional Malecon of the City of Havana
Places of Interest

Ave. Antonio Maceo

La Habana
ACCOMMODATION All services
Beltrán de Santa Cruz
City

Calle San Ignacio No. 411 e/ Muralla y Sol

La Habana
Santa Isabel
City

Calle Baratillo No. 9 e/ Obispo y Narciso López

La Habana
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