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. Make Plaza de la Catedral part of your personalized Havana itinerary using our Havana trip maker tool .
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  • I went through it without even taking a picture. The cathedral is just beautiful, there are plenty of restaurants in the area of course. I'll think about it for my next trip to enter the cathedral
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  • Instead of the old church that existed here, 18. Century, this cathedral was built. In terms of its exterior architecture, the ancient Greek-Grek-inspired lines and pillars and the interior of the spectacular cathedral are very lean and simple. After Pope Jean Paul visited Havana, a statue was placed inside the cathedral. It's surrounded by old buildings overlooking the small square in front. The statue of a flamenco singer leaning under one of them is a little surprise.
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  • The best image of Old Havana: The Cathedral with its asymmetrical towers, rest buildings of the colonial era, cobblestone street and a good atmosphere for souvenirs, reading the future, listening to typical Cuban music and streets to many places of interest.
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  • The last of the main squares to be created, this is one of Old Havana's most beautiful spots. The cathedral which gives the square its definitive appearance, the other three sides are taken up by the facades of 18th century aristocratic baroque mansions, all built within the 40 year period and showing a strong architectural harmony.
  • Beautiful cathedral. A great visit to the area. We loved all the old architecture. The locals we're great. Make sure you stop and eat in a real locals restaurant
  • The plaza is in old Havana. It is surrounded by important buildings. At one end is the Cathedral built about 1775 and at the other end a museum. And there are two interesting structures on the two sides contain shops and restaurants. The Cathedral is an interedting building and the interior is quite dark. There is dress code to go near the alter. The museum is a the two story building and faces the Cathedral. Tickets are available near the entrance. It is an interesting museum about the colonial life in Cuba. They have a good collection of furniture and household items from the colonial times. The staff is quite friendly and eager to give you an escorted tour. A small tip is expected, which is fair considering that we understood the exhibits so much better from the historical I formation we received through a short guided tour.
  • I loved visting this plaza and the Cathedral itself. The cathedral is stunning landmark and very beautiful inside. I am not a christian but I love visting old churches for all the artistry and architecture. They are remarkable and this one is no exception.
  • This place is amazing get there it’s a blast from the past Havana not far from the boat just make sure you have the right shoes because the streets are uneven but very safe streets everybody is very friendly and you get to see a country that is 30 years behind time
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