University of Havana, Havana

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Explore the grounds of the grand and storied University of Havana, an educational campus in the downtown area. Climb up the steps to gain good views looking back at the city, and to closer inspect the fine architecture of the campus itself. Admire the neo-classical architecture, built in 1902, and the bronze Alma Mater statue created by artist Mario Korbel in 1919. Established in 1728, the institution was originally tied to the papal authority, but was secularized in 1842. A place of anti-government protest during the Cuban Revolution, the university was closed in 1956 before being reopened when Fidel Castro—an alumnus of the law school—seized power in 1962. Make University of Havana a part of your Havana vacation plans using our Havana vacation planning app .
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  • The most beautiful Center of studies of the country only emulated by the UCLV in Santa Clara. try going with cameras because it is a beauty
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  • Looked like a storied and classically historic university. The stairs left an impression a bit like the Spanish steps in Rome. If we'd had more time we would have explored it on foot.  more »
  • We were on our way into Old Havana and as we wewre passing the Uni two ''kind'' young students offered to show us around the grounds. We should have known better as we had been warned about scams by t...  more »

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Old Havana remains the most popular neighborhood to stay in Cuba's capital. Here you'll find all manner of accommodations, from budget guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels. Some of the back streets in the old town can be quite rough, so visitors with children might want to steer clear of the area. Providing a quieter, more residential alternative, the western suburb of El Vedado exudes a relaxed atmosphere and serves as the perfect spot for a family vacation. If you're after better beach access, look farther west to the upper-class district of Miramar.
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