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Arts & Culture

Havana is the heart of Cuban culture, and no wonder. Art and architecture, ballet and cabaret, history, poetry and baseball… all are vibrantly alive in this enchanting city.

Architecture

El Capitolio (The Capitol)

The iconic dome of what was once the congressional building is a classic Havana landmark. Embedded in the floor directly beneath the dome is a 24-carat diamond (replica). The distance between Havana and all other Cuban destinations is marked from this point.

Paseo del Prado (Prado Avenue)

Paseo del Prado

Once the central artery of the city, the Prado (also known as the Paseo de Martí), is a boulevard with a distinctly European feel. This is where you'll find the renowned national ballet school.

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.

Escuela Nacional de Ballet

Escuela Nacional de Ballet

Cuba’s top ballerinas perfect their pirouettes here at the world’s largest ballet school, home of famous prima ballerina Alicia Alonso.


Museums

Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás

Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás

Admire the skill with which the experts hand-roll those famous Montecristos and Cohibas at one of Havana's oldest cigar factories.

Museo de la Ciudad

Museo de la Ciudad

One of Cuba’s most comprehensive museums is located inside the formidable Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, in the Plaza de Armas.