Tour of Old Havana

Published on Nov/18/2016 , by Super Administrador Llanes, 0 Comments

Visitors have many reasons to return to Cuba. Some have anthropological or cultural interests; others seek the beaches and the most demanding delve into history. What is common to all of them is that in a tour of Old Havana you don’t get to see everything tourists want, because there is a face of the city that we only Cubans and researchers know.

A song goes like this: "Havana is a mermaid that awaits by the sea". The sea that flogged it with the passage of time; but also cherishes it with a flattering breeze. Old Havana meanwhile is an elegant lady of extremely artistic meticulousness. It is not a coincidence that from its bosom emerge colonial, baroque, Renaissance, neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Art Deco or eclectic buildings; the latter as the most remarkable evidence of the transculturation of universal art. Among the tall columns of capitals that imitate classical models, the traditions of its inhabitants are mixed.

What once was an aristocratic mansion today may be simply a tenement building (citadel resulting from of excessive division of a building where many families live). Old Havana is the house of ordinary people, the bustle, shops, art. In one of the halls of one of the buildings you can find from a flock of children playing to an exhibition of Kcho or Fabelo (important Cuban painters of this century).

Travelers in transit through the city find pieces of walls that seem to have no reason for being. Those walls are also part of the art and history of Havana: they speak of a stone wall that ran from La Punta to the Arsenal, with bastions, watchtowers and gates with drawbridges; of greed that it lured in privateers and pirates. Today some of them remain, after its demolition in 1863, in Egido and Desamparados (The Gate of Tenaza), opposite the central railway station (the New Gate) and opposite the Museum of the Revolution.

About 100 meters from the Capitol, the journey takes us to delve into the history of the Indian lady that stands as a fountain at the southern end of the Paseo del Prado. The image of white marble sculpture represents the Indian woman named Havana, wife of the cacique Habaguanex, ruler of the area before the arrival of Columbus. We owe her the name of the beautiful city.

At the end of our route, lies the majestic bay of Havana. The Alameda de Paula promenade invites us to sit, to enjoy, to see the sunset.

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