Edificio Santo Domingo
Palacio de los Capitanes Generales
Museo de la Ciudad
Filling the whole west side of Plaza de Armas, this museum is housed in the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales , dating from the 1770s....
Museo de Pintura Mural
A simple museum that exhibits some beautifully restored original frescoes in the Casa del Mayorazgo de Recio, popularly considered to be...
Café de las Infusiones
Wedged into Calle Mercaderes, this Habaguanex coffee house is a caffeine addict's heaven. You can order more than a dozen different...
Restaurante la Dominica
Despite a tendency to be a little overgenerous with the olive oil, La Dominica – with its wood-fired pizza oven and al dente pasta –...
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Edificio Santo Domingo information
On Obispo is the site of Havana's original university, which stood here between 1728 and 1902. It was originally part of a convent; the contemporary modern office block was built by Habaguanex in 2006 over the skeleton of an uglier 1950s office, the roof of which was used as a helicopter landing pad. It has been ingeniously refitted with the convent's original bell tower and baroque doorway – an interesting juxtaposition of old and new.
Many of the university's arts faculties have now moved back here, and a small museum/art gallery displays a scale model of the original convent and various artifacts that were rescued from it.