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Plaza Vieja Square, Havana

Discover Plaza Vieja Square in Havana, Cuba and see its eclectic range of attractions on offer


Plaza Vieja Square, Havana
©Tai Pan of HK.

Designed in 1559, Plaza Vieja Square is the most eclectic square in the city of Havana, specifically in Old Havana. A mixture of Cuban Baroque and Art Nouveau styles along elements inspired by Gaudi can be seen here.

Originally known as Plaza Nueva, it was mainly used for military purposes, then afterwards as an open-air street market. However, nowadays it is filled with restaurants, cafes, bars and breweries.

 

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Fountain in Plaza Vieja Square, Havana
Fountain in Plaza Vieja Square.
©Tai Pan of HK.
Plaza Vieja Square
Plaza Vieja Square ©Tai Pan of HK.

At the minute, the colorful Plaza Vieja de La Habana Square houses places such as the Cámara Oscura, an ingenious optical device through which you’ll enjoy wonderful views over the city from its 35 meter tall tower (2 CUC); or Cueto Palace, a wonderful example of Art Nouveau in Havana.

Right behind the square is the 17th century Baroque Conde de San Juan de Jaruco Palace, property of Don Gabriel Beltrán de Santa Cruz y Aranda, who attained his title of nobility in 1768 for his great feats against the English.

Plaza Vieja Square and its neighboring streets boast gorgeous galleries typical of Havana, with pointed arches and stained glass windows.

In its vicinity, other very interesting places can be found, such as the Planetarium, Photographic Gallery of Cuba, Cards Museum, La Casona Art Center, or Pablo de la Torriente Brau Cultural Center.

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