Freedom Tower

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

Designed by the New York architectural firm of Shultz & Weaver in 1925, this tower is one of two surviving towers modeled after the Giralda bell tower in Spain’s Cathedral of Seville (the second is at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables). The ‘Ellis Island of the South,’ it served as an immigration processing center for almost half a million Cuban refugees in the 1960s. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, it was also home to the Miami Daily News for 32 years.