Havana Off The Beaten Path

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    University of Habana

    by gwened Updated Mar 4, 2014
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    done in 1728 in the convent of santo domingo (today gone) as pontifical and royal university of Havana, got rid of royal in 1902 and pontifical in 1940 open to all.
    It is at the current site from 1902. You reach by a high stair hill with an statue of the Alma Mater. Inside you have the museum Montané showing important discoveries in archeology from the pre colombian era.

    one of the historical buldings of Havana from colonial to revolutionary times, a must to visit even if just to walk its steps.

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    Aquarium of Havana

    by gwened Written Feb 8, 2014
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    a wonderful aquariaum small but historical (1960), with wonderful dolphin shows.open Tuesdays to sundays from 10h to 18h

    show tropical island, mangrove, cavernous coastal mangroves, and many tanks with the caribbean a marine life. The dolphin show alone is Worth the visit.

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    Columbus or Colon Cementary

    by gwened Written Jul 18, 2012
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    The largest in the Americas ,practically a city in a city. All the great names of Cuban society are here, and some important monument such as the memory of the Maine sunk in Havana bay that started the Spanish-American war in 1898. The medicine students tombs, and the milagrosa a woman said to have been buried and the baby inside was alive, now all women go there if having trouble given birth.

    It was built in 1876 or rather established in the section of Havana call Vedado at the corner of calle Calzada de Zapata and Calle 12,.
    This site has some nice pictures of it but in Spanish
    http://www.juanperez.com/colon/colon.html

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    the Royal Zanja

    by gwened Updated Apr 20, 2012
    panel on the street of Zanja Real

    this is the old sewers of the city, the royal sewers in old Havana
    The Zanja Real took its waters from the Almendares river.
    this was done in 1565-1592 and to give you an idea of the future perspective for the completion of this work, we could say that Havana population was 4,000 inhabitants at the time, but the creek's capacity was for a population of 200,000.
    The Zanja Real was 11 kilometers long and redressed with stones. From Puentes Grandes it treks towards to Havana, through today's municipality of El Cerro, going through Centro Havana until it reaches the population with one of its branches ending in the Callejon del Chorro, in Cathedral Square and the other in Muelle de Luz , supplying water to the ships at the port.
    It worked as an aquaduct until 1893 when the Albear one was built.

    Nice walk in old Havana

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    teatro Amadeo Roldan

    by gwened Written Apr 20, 2012
    front theater Amadeo Roldan

    It opened in 1928 to 1977 at the corner of streets Calzada and D, and part of the history of the city of Havana. After a fire the theater reopen as the site of the Philarmonic National orquestra ; It has two rooms "Alejandro García Caturla" and "Amadeo Roldán" showing the most celebrated pieces of the simphonic music, camara and corals
    The architecture is stunning too.

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    Lonja de La Habana

    by gwened Written Apr 20, 2012
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    the bourse or stock market of Havana.
    The Lonja del Comercio de La Habana, was built from 1907 to 1909. Located at Calle Lamparilla No.2, Plaza de San Francisco,Old Havana . It is now houses the Oficina del Historiador de la ciudad or the office of the historian of Habana and several businesses and embassies such as Brazil, and news network such as CNN,and radio Habana Radio.1

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    Palacio del Principe

    by gwened Written Apr 20, 2012
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    the castle of El Príncipe, was called like this in honor of prince Carlos IV, and was part of the fortresses that were given back by the English in 1763. It was built between 1767-1779.

    It later became a prison during the revolution and last call was off limits to tourists even thus is no longer a prison.

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    Las Terrazas

    by JessieLang Written Dec 19, 2011

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    Las Terrazas is a model community formed in the 1970s. The land was planted with many trees of various species, and it is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It has 130 species of birds, as well as lizards, bats and some deer.

    This government-owned community has 800-1,000 residents. The community has a hotel, grocery store, school, restaurant, coffee shop, and a small medical facility. There is a small lake for recreation. It is a gated community, and we had to go through a checkpoint to drive in.

    It's an interesting look at a commune. The residents are assigned housing and assigned their jobs. Everybody seems cheerful, and they probably live better than poor people in the cities, but they are isolated and regulated.

    Regular tourists can stay in the hotel and eat in the restaurant. (Our American group went by bus, with our official guide, for a few hours.) I do have to say that lunch there was one of our best meals in Cuba.

    It is about 50 miles from Havana.

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    CENTER OF PLACENTAL HISTOTHERAPY

    by naturechica Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    view of the international center from the street

    Calle 18 No. 4302 entre 43 y 47 Miramar, Playa, C. Habana, Cuba.

    I visited this clinic in June 2003 for treatment of vitiligo. the institution aims the research and production of medicines, cosmetics, diagnostic kits and nutrients from human placenta.

    I feel that I was a bit mis-lead regarding prices of treatment for the 3 day duration in the clinic. However, I bit the bullet and had the full three day treatment.

    If anyone is interested in knowing more about the clinic and the treatment of vitiligo, or my personal experience, please contact me anytime!!!! I would be more that happy to help in anyway!!!!

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    Old Cars

    by mikey_e Written Aug 18, 2007

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    Old American cars

    One of the best attractions in all of Havana is the presence of a massive number of old cars from the 1950s. These are relics from the pre-embargo days and probably define this country as much as any cigar, bottle of rum or picture of Fidel and Che. The gradual opening of the Cuban economy to outside trade with the capitalist economies means that more and more modern vehicles are entering (including coco taxis) but these are still a source of pride from many Cuban. You can find no small number of them along the waterfront near the artisans' market.

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    Veterinary Clinic

    by Havana2K3 Written Oct 6, 2006

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    Located on this site from 1943 –1976 was the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
    In 1976 the school move to San Jose Lajas.

    Today this is the location of a Veterinary Clinic.

    In May of 2006 I had the opportunity to spend some time here during the nightshift emergency clinic… 20:00 – 08:00

    During my visit 15 dogs and 1 cat were examined and treated.
    For my benefit the Vet asked each one where they got their pet. I think about a quarter were rescued from the street.

    Each exam cost 3 pesos (MN) meds are extra but I did not see a bill over 44 pesos.
    FYI 3 pesos = 15 cents CDN

    The address: Clínica Veterinaria ¨Jose Luis Callejas¨. Calle Carlos
    Tercero e/ Ayestaran y Requena. Centro Habana. Ciudad de la Habana.
    Teléfono: 8781546.

    This clinic is in need of so much.
    If you care to help some of the needed items are:
    Disposable syringes Gauge 18,19 20.
    Latex gloves size 8 ½ on average.
    Surgical soap for hands and field.

    Tell them the Spanky Project sent you.

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    small local streets

    by Alicja1 Written Jul 20, 2006

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    Dont be afraid to take " a wrong turn" Small local streets will show you real Havana life./ people playing Dominos and chating ouside of the house, some of them dancing some cleaning... fantastic and so different

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  • boat trip

    by assmac123 Written May 1, 2006

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    If you want a change from havana go check out the bay of pigs old battlefeild site where the american tried to invade cuba but failed..castro captured most of them and sold them back to the usa for jam to give to the people..it is well worth a look...but go with a guide who can explain all the history of the area.

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    El Caballero de Paris

    by russian_yaz Written Dec 13, 2005

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    Caballero de Paris

    Havana remember the gentleman which became with his non-senses, the most well known "loco" or crazy. A bronze gentleman strolls, with his typical suit, it castrates, loaded with its humble jolongo (a small sac) in front of the Basilica where rest his remains. The "walking" sculpture, as the evoked character, it was carried out by the artist José Villa Soberón, also author of John's Lennon statue sat down in a park of Havana.

    It happens that that gentleman from Havana, José López Lledín had begun to stroll for the city in the decade of the years 20´ of the XX century. They count the legends that the young emigrant of Spanish origin had lost the reason due to an injustice made against him. The most extended version is that it was accused of a robbery that never made and it suffered several years of jail, and when leaving prison his head had strayed forever.

    He walked in the city offering small pieces of newspapers and magazines, assuring that he was a gentleman, King or Emperor, and that he came from Paris. Those that met him left the testimony of their gracefulness and nobility of character, they say that it really possessed the ways of a gentleman and he was not begging, although there was always Havanan generous people that were in charge of giving him something to eat, and it rewarded them with some detail of scarce or zero material value, but probatory value of his sense of the honor.

    It used to frequent the corners of 23 and 12, San Lázaro and Infanta and the old area of Havana. In 1977, when his health had deteriorated vastly, hi was interned in the National Psychiatric Hospital, to instances of Celia Sánchez Manduley. There he died in July of 1985, 11 they say that herecovered the mental health, although it continues being a mystery the cause of his long years of insanity.

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    It's all down to the Irish you know...

    by sourbugger Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    Ah begoraah...top of the morning to you...

    Che Guevara had Irish ancestors - from the surname 'Lynch'.

    According to the Irish historian O'Muircheartaigh, Guevara's Irish links can be traced to Galway and one Patricio Lynch, the founder of the Argentine branch of his family, was said to be born in Galway in 1715. From there he spent some time in Spain before eventually settling in Argentina. I won't trace the family tree further but suffice to say there is a direct link, and Che always had a strong interest in the history and struggles of the Irish people.

    The relationship Ireland and Cuba is summed up in the words engraved on the plaque in Calle O'Reilly street in Old Havana, which says in Spanish, Irish and English; 'Two island peoples in the same sea of struggle and hope, Cuba and Ireland.

    I'm not sure if the parallels are that strong - but you get the point.

    The O'Reillys have a long history of involvement with this area of the world, and the successful financiers even put out their own currency at some time - hence the possible origin of the term 'the Life of Reilly'.

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