Built with the help of Japanese investment and opened in December 2009, Havana's planetarium is only accessible by guided tours booked...
Fototeca de Cuba
A photographic archive of Old Havana since the early 20th century that was started by former City Historian, Emilio Roig de Leuchsenring...
On the northwestern corner of Plaza Vieja is this clever optical device providing live, 360-degree views of the city from atop a...
Café el Escorial
Opening onto Plaza Vieja and encased in a finely restored colonial mansion, there's something definitively European about El Escorial....
Plaza Vieja information
Lonely Planet review
Laid out in 1559, Plaza Vieja (Old Square) is Havana's most architecturally eclectic square, where Cuban baroque nestles seamlessly next to Gaudí-inspired art nouveau. Originally called Plaza Nueva (New Square), it was initially used for military exercises and later served as an open-air marketplace.
During the Batista regime an ugly underground parking lot was constructed here, but this monstrosity was demolished in 1996 to make way for a massive renovation project. Sprinkled liberally with bars, restaurants and cafes, Plaza Vieja today has its own micro-brewery, the Angela Landa primary school, a beautiful fenced-in fountain and, on its west side, some of Havana's finest vitrales (stained-glass windows).