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El Templete, Havana

3.5
#15 of 31 in Historic Sites in Havana
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Witness 19th-century Neoclassical architecture at El Templete. The temple, which is deeply immersed in stories of the local culture and history, was built in 1828 on the site of the city's first mass and the first council. It sits behind a column that replaces a silk cotton tree where the first mass took place. Inside the structure you'll find three large paintings that depict the first mass, the first town council, and the blessing of the site. Add El Templete and other attractions to your Havana trip itinerary using our Havana vacation builder.
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  • It evokes the entrance of a Greek temple, with its columns and upper triangle. Impressed to see that it stays as well because of the time of built. It has a legend about a tree that is planted in their front garden, which assures the permanence of the temple on foot according to the life of that tree. This specimen has died right in the political change that has taken the country, do believe in the legend, or just coincidence?
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  • Small structure in the neoclassical style with a bust of Cristóbal Colón and three paintings by French painter Jean-Baptiste Vermay inside, just in front of the General captains Palace, where it was held, under the shade of a Ceiba tree, the first mass in Havana in 1519.
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  • in the bandstand is the ceiba magic tree, which dates in specific people binen to request desires, considen Cubans certain special powers to this tree
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  • Nice restaurant and ambiance.
  • Good food and views.
  • The paella for 2 or more is a must. Pricy for Cuba but worth it
  • Live Cuban traditional music. Excellent cocktails and cuisine that can always be improved. If you are not a connoisseur is perfect for tourists. Fun
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  • Very nice place
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