Instituto Superior de Arte
Isla del Coco
A huge Chinese-built amusement park in Playa with big wheels, bumper cars, roller coasters, the works.
Palacio de las Convenciones
Also known as the Havana Convention Center, this is one of Cuba's most dramatic modern buildings. Built for the Nonaligned Conference in...
Iglesia Jesús de Miramar
Despite its modernity, Playa cradles Cuba's second-largest church. The Jesús is an aesthetically pleasing neo-Romanesque structure...
Havana's permanent 'Big Top' with a weekend matinee features strongmen, contortionists and acrobats.
This place presents food good enough to attract the diplomatic crowd (check out the ropa vieja ), but trumps all comers with its...
Calle 120 No 1110 · interesting places nearby
Instituto Superior de Arte information
The leading art academy in Cuba was established in the former Havana Country Club in 1961 and elevated to the status of institute in 1976. The cluster of buildings – some unfinished, some half-restored, but all gloriously graceful due to the arches, domes and red brick – was the brainchild of Che Guevara and a team of architects.
Among them was Ricardo Porro, who designed the striking Facultad de Artes Plásticas (1961), which has long curving passageways and domed halls in the shape of a reclining woman. Some 800 students study here, and foreigners can too.