Stopping point for Spanish ships, La Habana Vieja has a history of about 500 years. With 2 fortresses to defend the city, one on each side of the Havana Bay, the city became a safe place since 16th century.
With lots of styles in architecture, the Old Havana still amazes the travelers: we found so many forts, churches, ancient monuments, and palaces. Lots of them are renovated, but still plenty to be restored.
Hotel Inglaterra built originally in 1844 with only 2 floors, has changed its shape many times over years, as well as its owners. With a fourth floor added in 1914, the hotel was remodeled many times. The hotel is expected to join Starwood Hotels on Dec 1st, 2017, and was actually the first hotel in Cuba announced to be managed by an American company in almost 60 years.
Hotel Sevilla – originally built with 4 floors in 1908, has expanded later on in 1924 up to 10 floors
El Templete is the monument that pays tribute to the place where the foundation of Havana was built. The monument has a bust of Christopher Columbus, and a newly (re)planted silk-cotton tree representing the place where the first mass and first council of Havana took place.
The main administrative centre of the city of the colonial times, Plaza de Armas was also the site of military parades, evening promenades and other events.
A place where history is written in the cobblestones, Havana is a city you can easily fall in love with.
An open book for the scholars who study architecture, this is a place where one cannot rush to truly appreciate the views. All you need is comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and sunscreen. And an open mind.
As part of the UNESCO Heritage since 1982, the Old Havana borders are marked with some of the few thousand of rusted cannons that Spanish used to have in both fortresses.
Zanja Real is the first aqueduct built in Cuba: between 1565 and 1592. With more than 11 km long, this canal ensured the supply of water in Havana from 1592 to 1835.
The wall foundation of the old city
A place where time has a different dimension, and colors have different shades, The Old Havana is somehow like a phoenix, reborn from its own ashes. Modern art is mixing everywhere with old statues; history and contemporaneity are siblings. We were amazed at the variety of art on the streets of Havana!
An iron lion-head mailbox on the front wall of the post office
After visiting the city of Havana, where the old is new and the new is old, I can fully understand why the city was selected in 2014 one of the New7Wonders Cities. You can go yourself for a visit and you won’t be sorry!! The secret is to not have high or fancy expectancies, and then you will see the people how they truly live their life, while having an amazing experience on Cuban lands.