Edificio Santo Domingo

Museum in Habana Vieja

The block behind Plaza de Armas was the original home of Havana's university, which stood on this site between 1728 and 1902. The university was once part of a convent. The contemporary modern office block you see today 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's been ingeniously refitted using the convent's original bell tower and baroque doorway – an interesting juxtaposition of old and new.

Many of the university's arts faculties have reinhabited the space, and a small museum/art gallery displays a scale model of the original convent and various artifacts that were rescued from it.