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Architecture

Cuba's magnificent architecture spans five centuries, and the entire length and breadth of the island. No matter where you're travelling, you will find an eclectic assortment of colonial, baroque, neogothic, neoclassical, art deco, modern and post-modern architectural styles.

It's hard to beat a walking tour of Habana Vieja [Old Havana], a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site with over 900 buildings of historical significance. Highlights include the Catedral de la Habana [Havana Cathedral], the gorgeous Iglesia de la Merced and Havana's oldest cathedral, Iglesia Parroquial del Espíritu Santo.

For an architectural feast, don’t miss Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, a 19th century sugar town. UNESCO has essay writer declare Trinidad and the nearby Valle de los Ingenios [Sugar Mill Valley] a World Heritage site.

In Santiago de Cuba, the Castillo de San Pedro del Morro, considered the best-preserved 17th century Spanish military complex in the Caribbean, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Also recognized by UNESCO: the Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos, with its beautiful neoclassical buildings; and the Historic Centre of Camagüey.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba (The National Hotel)

Hotel Nacional de Cuba (The National Hotel)

More than just a wonderful place to stay, the grand hotel is an art deco landmark, with magnificent gardens overlooking the Malecón.

Plaza de San Francisco de Asís

Plaza de San Francisco de Asís

First established in the 1500s, this is one of the oldest areas of Havana. The famous Fountain of Lions, carved from Carrara marble, overlooks the seafront. The convent of San Fransisco de Asís now holds a beautiful collection of sacred art and artifacts.