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Camera Obscura, Havana

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Experience 17th-century optics in action at Camera Obscura. The educational experience provides insight into the nature of light and our ability to perceive it, capture it, and reproduce images created by it. You can also walk around the roof and soak in captivating vistas of old Havana and its harbor, or view the city through different optic lenses for a more abstract perspective. Make Camera Obscura part of your personalized Havana itinerary using our Havana vacation trip planner.
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  • Sounds a bit corny. However we got a nice guide who many explained and designated where what was! Havana from a different angle.
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  • There are just a few in the world, you will see the entire city thanks to the lenses and the camera obscure system. The guides give all the details in Spanish and English. Experience life in Havana re...  more »
  • The first visit is novel. The mirror mechanism allows a panoramic view of 360 degrees around this building. The charge is giving a detailed and very interesting explanation of the surrounding buildings and its history, everything lasts approximately 10 minutes. Up there on the roof where the camera is no gastronomic offers, only a showcase with souvenirs to foreigners, the same purchased anywhere in la Habana Vieja. But the truly valuable and special of this visit is the amazing view. From that point take stunning photos of the historic, old square, of the Bay with its cruise ships coming and going and a wonderful skyline marked by old and modern buildings of Havana.
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  • Nice place to orientate in Havana, it literally a Camera Oscura that shows you thanks to lenses and mirrors Havana and its main spots in real time, Nice view from the terrace just outside
  • Cámara Oscura (or Darkroom) offers nice views of Habana Vieja and the Harbor. The primitive device is quite impressive. One of the more unique things you'll see anywhere -- well worth the visit.
  • A must see for Havana tourists. The camera obscura is is an antique that would never be built today. Originally it was a gift from a Spanish Prince to Cuba. The camera obscura is really mesmerizing children and adults alike were captivated by the quality of images it could produce
  • Very nice place to learn from and take kids in.
  • Great views of Havana Vieja and the camera obscure is really cool. Definitely worth a visit.

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