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Framed by majestic-looking early 19th-century buildings, this park (also known as Parque José Martí) dates back to 1903. It is a large park surrounded by some of Old Havana's finest restaurants and hotels, including the hotels Sevilla, Plaza and Inglaterra. There are many exotic trees and royal palms in a well-landscaped garden environment. Well lit and quite safe, many people come to sit and relax with friends, while enjoying a drink and listening to the music that drifts over from the local clubs and nearby theater.
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Capitolio and suroundings - Havana Central
Built in 1929 as the Senate and House of Representatives (and said to be a replica of Washington DC's Capitol), this colossal building is recognizable by its dome which dominates the city's skyline. Inside stands the largest indoor bronze statue in the world representing Pallas Athena. Nowadays, the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (the National Museum of Natural History) has its venue within the building and contains the largest natural history collection in the country.
Behind bronze doors whose panels depict scenes from Cuba's history, lies an enormous gallery called the Hall of Lost Steps. Under the dome, there is a replica of a 28-carat diamond that marks Havana's centre (for measuring distances from the capital). There is a lot to see if you wander around the rest of the building - the semi-circular chamber where politicians used to sit as well as the endless marble corridors and Italian Renaissance ceilings. You can have your picture taken by one of the photographers outside of the edifice, whose cameras date from the 1920's, or even check your emails back at home at the Capitol's very own internet cafe.
In the surrounding areas of the Capitol, there are a few attractions worth visiting, among them, the Partagás cigar factory, the Parque Central (Central Park), and the Teatro Nacional (National Theathre) with its baroque façade.
Admission: 1 peso only mai hall, 3 peso insides
But watch out... some of the Capitolio workers will allow you to go inside closed area , but than they expecting the tip...
- Castles and Palaces
Walk, walk, walk
There are many beautiful places where you can just take a walk. One of them is the Parque Central. It's a beautiful, large alley in the middle of a busy street. You have a lot of trees providing plenty of shadow. And you have a lot of places where you can sit. But if you sit, rest assure that in a few seconds, some cubans will be with you offering you every thing. With a little luck, you will meet interesting people with whom you can talk to. If you don't feel like beeing bugged, just keep walking.
Central Park is covered with lots of trees and is a popular place for the locals to sit under the shade to relax or to talk about anything, from sports to politics.
In the middle of the park is the first Jose Marti statue ever created. It was made with Carrara marble in 1905.
Parque central - a place to be and milestone for many other directions in Habana
You will be impressed by the statue of José Marti (1905) - you will enjoy a relax stop on one of the marble seats and just have a look at the many people visiting this place
It is also the place to get a local Taxi ( max price to different places in Habana is 4Us dollars for one taxi)
Old and new in Habana
Just a few blocks away from
my hotel "Park View" - this street scenary of Habana new and old framed in one picture.
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