El Capitolio, Havana

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Admire the majestic El Capitolio, once home to Cuba's government. Now housing the Cuban Academy of Sciences, this building from 1929 was modeled after the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Observe the grandiose structure, a project initiated by dictator Gerardo Machado, view the massive Doric columns that guard the entrance, and look up to see the impressive dome, inspired by the Paris Pantheon. The interior, even more intricate and rich in decorations, boasts the enormous Statue of the Republic, one of the world's largest indoor statues. Our Havana family vacation planner makes visiting El Capitolio and other Havana attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful, magnificent building. We did not go inside, don’t even know if we can. We did not see people entering/exiting at any of the times we walked by. However, it is worth visiting just to see the...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    A sentence that is in works, and for an indefinite period, because it is impressive and we were eager to see him. It is an exact replica of the United States
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  • August 14, 2017
    Still being in service worth visiting its surroundings, where you can find interesting sites, it is also the Centre of the capital.
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  • April 12, 2017
    Looked absolutely stunning. It was closed for renovations when I visited but it well worth it. The dome was a saving grace whenever I found it difficult to locate my position in the streets of Old Havana. By looking up and finding the dome I knew immediately where to head to direction wise. Yes do visit, no you don't have to enter to enjoy its architectural beauty.
  • June 12, 2017
    Beautiful structure, I was born in Cuba couple blocks around here, I moved when I was little and since then this building has always been in some kind of construction, they always doing something to it, I never been inside but what I would say the outside is almost an exact copy of the one in Washington DC, and the surrounding of this place are stunning too, the colorful buildings and the old fashion cars.
  • June 3, 2017
    Seeing El Capitolio and the old fasion cars at the same time will make you excited 😊
  • March 21, 2017
    Beautiful building but under constructure since 2014
  • July 27, 2016
    Never been to Cuba but I over all love the history and the el capitolio which just looks like the u.s capital and the people in Cuba and how they have the best health care in the world , I wish the visit Cuba. 🇨🇺

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