Russian Embassy in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Independent Picture Service/UIG via Getty Images)

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Russian Embassy


In case you were wondering, that huge Stalinist obelisk that dominates the skyline halfway down Av Quinta is the Russian (formerly Soviet) embassy, testament to the days when Fidel Castro liked to hobnob with Brezhnev et al.

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1. Acuario Nacional

0.16 MILES

Founded in 1960, the national aquarium is a Havana institution designed primarily for Cuban visitors, who arrive by the legion. Overseas visitors, be…

2. Fundación Naturaleza y El Hombre

0.24 MILES

This tiny museum seems to confirm the adage 'small is beautiful.' It displays artifacts from a 17,422km canoe trip from the Amazon source to the sea that…

3. Iglesia Jesús de Miramar

0.58 MILES

Despite its modernity, Playa cradles Cuba's second-largest church, an aesthetically pleasing neo-Romanesque structure topped by a giant dome. Built in…

4. La Maqueta de la Capital

0.94 MILES

Havana itself is somewhat dilapidated in parts and so, ironically, is this huge 1:1000 scale model of the city, which looks as though it could do with a…

5. Memorial de la Denuncia


The former Museum of the Ministry of the Interior was remodeled in 2017 to form this far more interesting (if propaganda-ridden) look at US actions…

6. Instituto Superior de Arte

1.71 MILES

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…

7. Museo de la Alfabetización

1.72 MILES

The former Cuartel Colombia military airfield at Marianao is now a school complex called Ciudad Libertad. Pass through the gate to visit this inspiring…

8. La Casa de las Tejas Verdes

1.78 MILES

Emerging from the tunnel under the Río Almendares, your first glimpse of Miramar is the so-called 'house of the green tiles,' a subtle hint of the…