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Plaza de la Catedral, Havana

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Cuban history comes alive at Plaza de la Catedral, home to one of Havana's oldest and most significant Catholic churches. Laid out on an erstwhile swamp, this epicenter of Havana's World Heritage-listed old town represents a kind of open-air museum of Caribbean Baroque architecture. Like the cathedral, the square dates back to the 1700s, when the area became a naval dockyard. Later, the neighborhood housed some of Havana's finest private mansions. Today, a number of popular restaurants and the city's museum of colonial art lie clustered around the plaza. Put Plaza de la Catedral and other Havana attractions into our Havana vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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TripAdvisor
  • The church is in a beautiful plaza. This is the cathedral that Pope John Paul II said Mass. At one point in time Christopher Columbus's body was interned in the church. Very nice to visit the plaza. a...  more »
  • This is one of the prettiest plazas in Havana, a great example of colonial architecture, and a perfect place to witness the successful renovation of Old Havana.  more »
  • Beautiful architecture,cathedrals in the small square. Cast of characters are here too, including tarot readers, old men looking for a dance, and street musicians. Can be a bit crowded but definitely ...  more »
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  • Beautiful Cathedral Square. Full of atmosphere and history. The cathedral is cool and a welcome respite from the heat. A place to sit and reflect a while.
  • Architecturally beautiful. You feel like you are walking through history.
  • Old Havana is completely worth spending a day in. Or more if you're lucky!!
  • A Small jewel, it is probably the most consistent square form an architectural point o view. the cathedral itself is very beautiful a must in Havana Vieja
  • Classic place, beautiful with a colonial Spanish style, good place to see but not much of interesting attractions around it.