Av de los Presidentes


Statues of illustrious Latin American leaders line the Parisian-style Calle G (officially known as Av de los Presidentes), including Salvador Allende (Chile), Benito Juárez (Mexico) and Simón Bolívar. At the top of the avenue is a huge marble Monumento a José Miguel Gómez, depicting Cuba's second president. At the other end, the monument to his predecessor – Cuba's first president, Tomás Estrada Palma (long considered a US puppet) – has been toppled, with just his shoes remaining on the original plinth.

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1. Museo de la Danza

0.08 MILES

Essentially a homage to Cuban ballet, this well-laid-out exhibition space in an eclectic Vedado mansion displays objects from Cuba's rich dance history…

2. Gran Synagoga Bet Shalom

0.24 MILES

Cuba has three synagogues, serving a Jewish population of approximately 1500. The main community center and library are located here, where the friendly…

3. Museo de Artes Decorativas

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One of Havana's best museums dazzles like a European stately home. It's replete with all manner of architectural features, including rococo furniture,…

4. Edificio López Serrano


Tucked away behind the US Interests Section is this art deco tower, which looks like the Empire State Building with the bottom 70 floors chopped off. One…

5. US Embassy

0.42 MILES

Arguably the world's most famous US embassy, this modernist seven-story building on the Malecón with its high security fencing first opened in 1953, but…

6. Edificio Focsa

0.53 MILES

Unmissable on the Havana skyline, the modernist Edificio Focsa was built between 1954 and 1956 in a record 28 months using pioneering computer technology…

7. Monumento a las Víctimas del Maine

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West beyond the Hotel Nacional is a monument (1926) to the 266 American marines who were killed when the battleship USS Maine blew up mysteriously in…

8. Hotel Habana Libre

0.69 MILES

This classic modernist hotel – the former Havana Hilton – was commandeered by Fidel Castro's revolutionaries in 1959 just nine months after it had opened,…