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La India Fountain, Havana

Discover La India Fountain in Centro Habana, Cuba.

La India Fountain, Havana
La India Fountain ©W.Méndez

Fuente de La India (La India Fountain) is located in a circus in front of the El Capitolio and Saratoga Hotel, in the city of Havana. The fountain is made in Carrara marble and was sculpted by Giuseppe Gaggini in 1837 for the Count of Villanueva.

This fountain represents a brilliant indigenous woman, adorned with a crown of eagle feathers, sitting on her throne, and surrounding by four dolphins whose tongues are fountain pouring water on four shells composing its base. She holds with her hand a defense with the crest of the city, and a horn-shaped basket filled with fruits.


This sculptural work has been an inspiration for several poets, also appearing in several fantastic tales. The legend goes that the previous night to the opening of the fountain the wind blew so hard that several trees and houses were knocked down; despite this, the fabric covering the statue didn’t even move.

This is a must-visit place for the inhabitants of the its bustling neighborhood. Around this statue live flows in a movement that resembles the water: stories are told, people fall in love and apart, they grow, they die, they live.

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