Havana nights and more of La Habana

It was once the Paris of the Americas, the Pearl of the Antilles, the most chic city of Latin America until the revolution destroyed everything;streets names were changed, city names were change, people left in hordes, and more poverty than ever sets in all under the glorious revolution still there.

However, it was not always like today.  King Philip II of Spain granted title of city in 1592 and a royal decree in 1634 recognized its importance by officially designating it the “Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies”. It came under British rule in 1762-63 before the Treaty of Paris gave it back to Spain.

It quickly grew into the city with Latin American biggest middle class, and Hemingway quoted “In terms of beauty only Venice and Paris surpassed Havana”. Gas public lighting came in 1848 and railroad in 1837. Most of the building were inspired by French architect and style such as the Aldama castle build in 1844. See the University of Havana, Capitol (1929 replica of the one in Washington DC USA). Neoclassical like the Convent of Santa Clara, Art deco like the Bacardi building,modern like the Habana Hilton Hotel (today Habana LIbre),and wonderful castles like La Fuerza, Morro, Cabañas,Atares,Principe,La Punta. The grand theater also known as Garcia Lorca theater,and the biggest in Latin America, cementary Colon (colombus cementary).

Its a city to fall in love for no matter what period of time in history you may choose to visit. The photo is Giraldilla, the woman symbol of the Republic and the third tallest indoor figure in the world.

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2 Comments to “Havana nights and more of La Habana”

  1. I like this too. It has been a while for me in Cuba. Look forward to more…Odinnthor

  2. well you can vote on all of them I have ratings too ho ho ho!!!! but they will stay here ok ::)

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