US Embassy

Landmark in Vedado

Arguably the world's most famous US embassy and certainly its newest, this modernist seven-story building with the high security fencing on the Malecón was formerly the US Interests Section, set up by the Carter administration in the late 1970s. In July 2015 the US embassy reopened again for the first time in 54 years, thanks to the political thaw instigated by the Obama administration.

The embassy faces the Plaza Tribuna Anti-Imperialista (also known as Plaza de la Dignidad), once a site of major protests directed against the Americans. The mass of flagpoles was put up by the Cubans to block out an electronic message board mounted on the former Interests Section that flashed up messages, or propaganda, depending on which side of the fence you're on (!).